Red Head Fountain Grass

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'Red Head' Fountain Grass stands out as one of the earliest-flowering fountain grasses. 'Red Head' dazzles with bottlebrush plumes that emerge burgundy red in mid-to-late summer. Soft, fuzzy plumes shift to a silvery hue in fall and remain in place throughout winter. Flowing, ribbon-like grass blades adds texture and motion throughout the seasons, with leaves taking on yellow highlights in autumn. An excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. (Pennisetum alopecuriodes)
Zones 5 - 9
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Dried Flowers
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 36-48" tall , 24-30" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to late fall

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

36-48” tall x 24-30" wide. 'Red Head' Fountain Grass truly lives up to its name, with narrow blades growing in graceful, fountain-like mounds. The unique floral plumes also make a fine specimen or accent in small gardens and containers.  A waterwise perennial, 'Red Head' is stunning when mass planted, and this low-maintenance grass is drought tolerant once established. Bird friendly and deer resistant, 'Red Head' makes a fine addition to wildlife habitat gardens. Plants are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, just be careful not to plant too deep. Set crowns just at or above the soil surface when planting. Cut back foliage to the ground in spring before new growth emerges. Plants are fast growing and will quickly fill a prominent  place in the sun garden.

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Associated SKUsAM016203
AM014242 (Plant - 3.5" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM015759 (Tray of 18) - Out of stock.
AM015760 (Tray of 9) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Red Head Fountain Grass
Botanical Name
Pennisetum alopecuriodes Red Head
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Red, Wheat
Flower Size
9" flowers
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Mature Spread
24-30" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Mid summer to late fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Mound of green arching grass-like foliage. Foliage turns shades of gold, orange and brown in the fall.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Dry Sites
Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Great For Mass Plantings, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Good For Containers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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