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Purple Fountain Grass Rubrum

This Fountain Grass boasts elegant plumes with a pink/reddish hue, getting its name “Rubrum” from the word meaning red. It will put on a lovely, decorative show in the garden and is a wonderful accent grass. (Pennisetum setaceum)

Item Size

Plant - 3.5" pot

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Details:

Zones: 8, 9, 10
Plant Size: 36-48" tall, 18-24" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Foliage plant all season
Shipping: Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 28ORN
Common Name Purple Fountain Grass
Botanical Name Pennisetum setaceum
Zones 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Estimated Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Burgundy
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Containers, Dried Flowers, Borders, Winter Interest
Ships to Canada No
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
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Description

Rubrum is one of the most decorative of the popular Fountain Grasses. The elegantly arching plumes on this beauty are tinged reddish/pink, making a really lovely show in the garden.

The perennial fountain grasses are a prized group for landscaping accents, and they live up their name. They are mound-forming creating a fountain-like focal point wherever they grow, with a spectacular bloom in midsummer.

Ornamental Grasses provide texture, uniqueness, and beauty that will set off your favorite blooming flowers. Not only a dynamic element to your garden, Ornamental Grasses are extremely easy to grow, maintain, and will provide additional interest by evolving in seasons while the rest of your garden may be resting.

Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

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Purple Fountain Grass Rubrum
 
3.4

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1.0

Not very hardy.

By Mums the word

from Fort Wayne, IN

Comments about Purple Fountain Grass Rubrum:

All of the plants died. I will probably buy them from the greenhouse from now on. In the past that is what I have done. They seem to take hold better.

 
5.0

Beautiful plant

By Southern Girl

from Pittsburgh, PA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • tall and wide

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hides Ac Unit

    Comments about Purple Fountain Grass Rubrum:

    We ordered this because we couldn't find it in the garden shops here in Pittsburgh. We are from Texas and had these in the corner flower beds around the pool. You plant them and do nothing but watch them grow. They get beautiful plumes on them and the reddish purple color is amazing. We planted it in a large pot and placed the pot in front of our a/c unit that sits in the front flower bed. It hides the ugly a/c unit and the plumes dance in the breeze when the a/c compels on.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    ~ Beautiful plants ~

    By abby

    from Frederick, MD

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Beautifully full foliage

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Condo deck plant

    Comments about Purple Fountain Grass Rubrum:

    I live in a 2nd floor condo with a deck, and I purchased 2 of these plants. I planted them and put them on either end of my deck. They grew quickly, and they are absolutely beautiful. They are very tall and wide with lovely plumes. They just look beautiful and unique from the sidewalk and street. They only get the morning sun. I couldn't be more pleased.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Buyer Beware

    By Sheri

    from Boise, Idaho

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Purple Fountain Grass Rubrum:

    I am very disappointed in the product received. BUYER BEWARE! You will only receive a small size plant for this very expensive price. It's the size of a pony pack. My bad. WAY TO EXPENSIVE for what you get.

    It will take several years before I even have a plant. Stick with your local nursery, get a plant you can see once you plant it in the ground, and save on shipping.

    Good grief.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Neighborhood Landmark- Everyone loves it

    By M'lynn

    from W. Medford, MA.

    Pros

    • Easy care
    • Great Textures
    • Inspiring to try more
    • Splendid foliage
    • Unusual colors

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Front yard focal point
    • Good segue between plants
    • Interesting contrast

    Comments about Purple Fountain Grass Rubrum:

    When I turned over our front lawn to plants and flowers I needed some sort of focal point with a lot of Wow factor. I saw the ornamental grasses offered on the American Meadows site and picked two varieties to start with. Delivery was prompt, including planting directions, tips and lots of encouragement.
    I planted the Purple Fountain Grass and hoped for the best. It has grown to such a wonderful height and bounty that my neighborhood has expressed admiration and pleasure at seeing it daily. I live on a main street and wanted to provide fun, wit and interest for the good people of Medford. Dog walkers, runners, joggers, stroller-pushers stop by to compliment my garden, especially noting the splendor of the Purple Fountain grass.
    I haven't any criticism about the plants ordered, they have been healthy, prolific and add so much color and creativity to my front yard garden. I ordered more for next year!

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    • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

      All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    • Garden Gloves

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    Shipping

    Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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    Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
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      All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    • Garden Gloves

      Garden Gloves

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