Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
PENNISETUM setaceum 'Rubrum'
Annual Purple Fountaingrass, Purple Fountaingrass
There are several reasons why this ornamental grass is so popular; it’s easy, tough and truly beautiful. Purple fountaingrass is an attractive warm-season perennial to tender perennial that makes a great addition to sunny borders. Early in the season it forms graceful, upright to arching clumps of slender purple-red and green blades. From midsummer to fall, it produces many long, drooping plumes of soft rose-pink flowers. These are long lived and can be used in fresh or dry arrangements.
This grass is very drought tolerant and grows best in full sun, and average, well drained soil. It is an outstanding plant for containers and looks great when planted in masses with Russian sage, Rudbeckia and tall sedums.
12 - 8
8 - 11
H1, H2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Middle Africa, Iraq, Southern Asia, Western Asia
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Light Pink, Rose
Red, Green, Purple
Red, Green, Purple, Sandy Brown
Brown, Sandy Brown
Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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