Red Head Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'

Narrow, mid-green leaves form a low, fountain-like mound. An early bloomer coming into color with substantial 10 inch-long smoky-purple flowering plumes beginning mid- to late summer. The foliage becomes streaked with gold in autumn.
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Full sun

Best with regular watering- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationpen-i-SEE-tum al-o-pe-kur-OH-deez
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeMid to Late Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Plumes
Flower ColorPurple
Garden StyleRustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsBest with regular watering- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Salvia (Salvia); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Speedwell (Veronica)

Thrives in most average, well-drained soils; avoid heavy, wet clay. Follow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, tolerates mild drought. Prune back to 6 inches above ground in fall or spring and fertilize to rejuvenate. Treat as an annual in colder winter climates.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-10

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