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Grass Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

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Purple Fountain Grass

Rubrum Pennisetum has foliage in shades of burgundy with similar colored seedheads emerging to billow softly in the breeze. Seedheads may be up to 14” long. Rubrum Pennisetum is a very popular Ornamental Grass and commonly referred to as Purple Fountain Grass. It is native to tropical Africa, Middle East and SW Asia. Pennisetum grows in tall graceful clumps and can reach heights up to 2-4 ft. In areas where winter temperatures remain above 20 degrees (Zones 8-11) it should be considered a perennial. Pennisetum doesn’t start growing until mid to late spring or even early summer.  

 

Height

36-48 Inches

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Spread

24-36 Inches

Homeowner Growing
& Maintenance Tips

Pennisetum doesn’t start growing until mid to late spring or even early summer. Their major growth and flowering happens when the weather is hot. They usually turn shades of brown for the winter.  Pennisetum is drought resistant, prefers sandy, well-drained soil and full sun.

 

 

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Interesting Notes

  • Perfect for Spring, Summer and Fall landscape
  • Tall foliage to frame beds and containers
  • Heat and light tolerant
  • Bold color in large area works best

 

USDA Hardiness Zone 7-11

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Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Mass Planting
Dried Flower
Naturalizing
Edging
Border or Bed
Focal Point
Container
Great Foliage
Cut Flower
Purchase Size(s):
Quart
Exposure
Sun
Foliage Color
Purple
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
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