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Princess Napier Grass

Pennisetum purpureum 'Princess' PP #17,728

Prized for its graceful, compact fountain of deep purple, arching foliage that darkens in color as summer temperatures increase; does not set flowers where winter temperatures drop below freezing. Provides bold seasonal color for perennial beds and mixed containers. An ideal accent for smaller landscapes; stunning en masse in larger landscapes.
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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationpen-i-SEE-tum pur-PUR-ee-um
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; forms a compact clump 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate fall, if not exposed to freezing temperatures.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden, Accent, Raised Bed, Urban Garden, Small Spaces
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Naturalizes Well, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Esperanza (Tecoma); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Salvia (Salvia); Tickseed (Coreopsis)

Thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soils; adaptable to most soil types. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Cut foliage back just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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