Sky Rocket Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' PP #21,497; CPBR #4208

Green leaves with white striped margin form an attractive vase-like clump. Blooms rise above the plant, appearing as smoky pink plumes that turn cream as they age. Because the plumes are sterile, this grass does not re-seed and its longer bloom time continues from midsummer through mid-fall.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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LoreWhile 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.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, up to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom Timemid summer followed by attractive seed head
Design IdeasThis tender grass is perfect for adding height and structure to combination container plantings. Like 'Fireworks', it should be grown as an annual in most parts of the country.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Plumes
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Mediterranean, Tropical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial 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, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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