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Environmental Horticulture Dept. University of Florida
PENNISETUM purpureum 'Prince' PP18509
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Out of Africa comes this striking ornamental grass for hot climates with rampant growth and dark, almost black blades. Its parent species is a native of humid equatorial Africa where it is a vital forage for elephants. This origin indicates its fast growth, extreme sensitivity to frost and a propensity to self sow. This highly vigorous plant creates large clumps of wide bladed foliage which develops its best color in extremely hot weather while so many others are fading in the sun. Prince is an outstanding variety ideally suited to the warm South and West.
What makes this grass so unique is that it will not flower unless winter temperatures remain above freezing. Therefore in most regions it should be considered strictly a foliage plant. Where there is no frost by early winter, however, they will produce fluffy flower spikes that are prodigious self sowers. This can result in invasiveness in frost free zones. Group this grass with tropical plants for welcome textural effects or grow in pots to create bold color in the hot zone.
12 - 1
7 - 11
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
Summer, Late Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Bedding Plant, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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