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Desert Plains Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Desert Plains' PP #20,751

Finely textured, green leaves form a beautiful upright vase-shaped clump. Showy, large 5" tan colored bottle brush plumes are produced early fall. Tips of foliage begin to turn deep red mid summer and the entire clump transitions to shades of orange and gold in the fall. Herbaceous perennial.
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Full sun

Once established, requires only occasional watering.


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Botanical Pronunciationpen-ih-SEE-tum al-oh-pek-yur-OH-id-eez
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower 3-4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeMid to Late Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Plumes
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsOnce established, requires only occasional watering.

Provide average, well drained soil. Avoid heavy, wet clay soils. In mild winter areas, shear to 6" above ground in fall or spring and fertilize to rejuvenate. Treat as an annual in colder winter climates.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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