Fountain grass

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

Fountain grass - Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

Common Name: Fountain grass
Genus: Pennisetum
Species: setaceum
Cultivar: 'Rubrum'

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Form: Grass
Growth Rate: Average
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Colour: PurpleFlowering Period: July to September

Soil: Light moderately fertile well-drained soil

Deep red to burgundy foliage with small bristly red-purple flower spikes from July to September. This gorgeous ornamental grass looks great planted in a large clump where the flower spikes swaying in the breeze are a real eye catcher. For best results plant in a sunny spot in light moderately fertile well-drained soil and shelter from extreme winter cold. Its highly recommended that this plant is bought in to a frost free place in winter. It has been awarded the prestigeous Award of Garden merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Other Features: Self-seeds freely; the flowers are useful for fresh or dried flower arrangements.

Garden Care: To halt the spread of the plant remove any unwanted self-sown seedlings as part of routine spring border maintenance. Deciduous in colder areas it will need protection from winter cold and wet.


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