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Fountain Grass Karley Rose

 

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Karley Rose is the most famous Fountain Grass for its highly-decorative, rose purple plumes. This Fountain Grass will create additional interest in the garden by evolving in seasons while the rest of your garden may be resting. PP#12909 (Pennisetum orientale)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Containers
Containers
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 24-36" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season. Deep pink plumes form in mid summer.
Size Plant - 2.5" pot
SKU 4ORN

Plant Information

Karley Rose is probably the most famous of the Fountain Grasses, due to the lovely rose-colored plumes, which rise up to three feet in midsummer, and then persist into the fall. This beauty is useful in full sun or partial shade. Karley Rose adds dramatic effect in perennial gardens, general landscaping, or wildflower meadows. A great ornamental grass!

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.

SKU 4ORN
Common Name Oriental Fountain Grass
Botanical Name Pennisetum orientale
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Green
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season. Deep pink plumes form in mid summer.
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Containers, Winter Interest, Dried Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsFountain Grass Karley Rose
 
4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Low maintenance (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Reliable growth (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (6)
  • Patio (5)
  • Border control (3)
  • Outdoors (3)
  • Pool area (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

really stunning and easy to grow

I hesitated to buy this beautiful ornamental grass because it was described as "adaptable" to clay soil; but it is as though the plant THRIVES in it! After planting in...Read complete review

I hesitated to buy this beautiful ornamental grass because it was described as "adaptable" to clay soil; but it is as though the plant THRIVES in it! After planting in April it grew slowly, and I wasn't expecting much growth or bloom for the first year. But in 4 month's time it has grown into an attention getting beauty!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Heavy grass

This grass is extremely fast spreading. It is so thick and heavy that it falls over when it rains and doesn't stand back up again making it necessary to tie it up. It is...Read complete review

This grass is extremely fast spreading. It is so thick and heavy that it falls over when it rains and doesn't stand back up again making it necessary to tie it up. It is very pretty but not easy to deal with.

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from Stamford CT

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

      I was not successful with this ornamental grass. No purple plumes

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      I love grasses!

      By 

      from Mountains of Central Pennsylvania

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • I use these grasses as focal and anchor points.
        • Lawn
        • Outdoors
        • Patio
        • Pool Area

        Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

        Living in the mountains of central Pennsylvania Fountain grasses have proven to be very hardy throughout our harsh winters and throughout all the summer variances that are thrown our way.

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        • Personal
         
        4.0

        i would buy again

        By 

        from MN

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Indoors
        • Patio

        Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

        satisfied

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love the way it waves in the wind

        By 

        from Jericho, Vt

        About Me Avid Gardener, Casual Hobbyist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Reliable Growth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Border Control

          Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

          Needed something to set off an area and this grass does the job.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LOVE IT!

          By 

          from Mount Sterling, IL

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Border Control
            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

            I am so happy with this plant! It has grown beautifully & the colors are outstanding! The only warning I would offer is it's huge! A bit bigger than I thought it would be so I will be moving it to another location. I do intend to order a couple more for other areas of my lawn.

             
            5.0

            Lovely frothy tops next to the pond

            By 

            from Chesapeake,VA

            About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance
            • Reliable Growth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Border Control
              • Erosion Control

              Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

              attention status next to pond

               
              3.0

              Nice!

              By 

              from Colorado

              About Me Casual Hobbyist

              Pros

              • Low Maintenance
              • Pest Resistant

              Cons

              • Slow Growth

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

                Seemed slow to take off, but I have high hopes for it!

                (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                really stunning and easy to grow

                By 

                from Reno, NV

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                Pros

                • Long Bloom Time
                • Low Maintenance
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

                    I hesitated to buy this beautiful ornamental grass because it was described as "adaptable" to clay soil; but it is as though the plant THRIVES in it! After planting in April it grew slowly, and I wasn't expecting much growth or bloom for the first year. But in 4 month's time it has grown into an attention getting beauty!

                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Heavy grass

                    By 

                    from Nazareth, PA

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Hardy

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Outdoors
                    • Patio

                    Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

                    This grass is extremely fast spreading. It is so thick and heavy that it falls over when it rains and doesn't stand back up again making it necessary to tie it up. It is very pretty but not easy to deal with.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful Plant

                    By 

                    from Southern Oregon

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors
                      • Patio
                      • Pool Area

                      Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

                      The Karley Rose is a lovely plant. My daughter-in-law has 4 planted in their yard near San Francisco and I was very impressed with them. I live in Southern Oregon and found out they can grow in Oregon also so I have ordered 2 from American Meadows.
                      Each Karley Rose has lovely deep burgandy plumes that sit on top of the grasslike plant. They bloom all summer long and even into spring. They are delightful to watch as they sway with the breeze and add attractive color to a yard. They do self seed so if you don't want them to spread, make sure to pull out the new "volunteers" when they arrive.
                      I am also impressed with American Meadows and the professionl way they treat their customers. Thank you American Meadows for having great plants!

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                      • Personal

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great and grows FAST!

                      By 

                      from Mt. Prospect, IL

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Patio
                        • Pool Area

                        Comments about American Meadows Fountain Grass Karley Rose:

                        Karley Rose Fountain Grass has been a great addition to my yard. It spreads quickly, so be careful where you plant it. It's tall, and stays true until after the first frost. You might want to plant it someplace where it won't tumble over after a rain, blocking some of your sidewalk. That is the only downfall that I can find with it. The color is really pretty too. For this area it's nice that you don't have to plant it every year. Thanks American Meadows!

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                        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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