• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate growing, 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing, 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerant of drought conditions once established. Feed with a slow release general purpose fertilizer in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    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.