Purple Fountain Grass
Purple Fountain Grass
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'Item #6427 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
A popular, drought tolerant grass that forms tidy clumps of purplish maroon blades topped with rose-red flower spikes. Beautiful as landscape specimen or planted in groups. Unlike the species, this cultivar does not reseed. An herbaceous perennial grass in mild winter regions; provides quick annual color in any climate.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pen-i-SEE-tum se-TAY-see-umPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:8 - 24, 26 - 29Growth habit:NarrowGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:PurpleBlooms:Summer through FallFlower color:RedDesign IdeasThis is without a doubt the most gorgeous Fountain Grass. Growing to four feet tall, its bronzed foliage is beautiful throughout the season, not just in autumn. It is indispensable for dry stream beds and a lovely fluffy accent in dry gardens. Provides wildlife habitat around water holes and ponds, and adds its billowy character to homegrown meadows. Makes a great erosion-control plant on slopes, both cut and fill. Equally at home in big Southwestern ceramic pots or classical Italian terra cotta on posts and walls, or ganged around entries, steps and gateways. Try three or four matched potted specimens spaced evenly on steps or line them against a bare, light colored stucco wall.Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Aster (Aster); Potentilla (Potentilla); Coneflower (Echinacea); Salvia (Salvia); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
- CareCare InformationAdaptable to most soil types. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Cut foliage back to 4 inches above the ground just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreLore:While the species Pennisetum setaceum is considered invasive to California, selective plant breeding has resulted in attractive cultivated varieties that are seedless or do not produce viable seed, including Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum', 'Fireworks' and 'Skyrocket'. These three cultivars are non-invasive and safe for California gardening efforts.