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Purple fountain grass

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

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Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

This tropical annual produces mounds of narrow burgundy-red foliage and purple plumes to 1 foot long. It is invaluable for containers and stunning, annual foliage color in a border. It rarely sets seed.

CareGrow in light, average, well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back previous year's foliage by early spring.

PropagationDivide in late spring or early autumn. Sow seed in early spring at 55° to 65°F.

  • Genus : Pennisetum
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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