Pennisetum Purple Fountain

Height 1.5m
Spread 1.3m
Full sun
Dry Tolerant
Botanical Name: Pennisetum macrostachyum Purple Fountain

Variety Profile

Commonly known as red fountain grass, this herbaceous perennial has long, narrow, bronze coloured leaf blades which grow quickly to form a weeping clump.  From mid summer to early autumn an eye catching display of feathery plumes in copper to purplish pink are produced, further enhancing the dramatic display.

This variety will tolerate high humidity and heat.  It is dry tolerant, but should be protected from frost.  During summer and autumn, foliage is a vibrant burgundy-red colour, whilst cooler weather alters the foliage colour to tan or light brown.

Cultural Care

Grows well in most soil types which are well draining. Prefers a full sun location. Dry tolerant once established only requiring occasional deep watering during extended periods of heat. Feed in spring with a slow release fertiliser during spring. Protect from heavy frost. Prune back hard to mounded shape once new growth begins to appear in late winter to early spring.

Plant Uses

Excellent used as an accent plant in perennial garden beds and spectacular when used in mass plantings.

Can be grown in large containers for paved or decking areas.

Ideal for low maintenance areas, poolside landscapes, coastal zones

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