Purple Fountain Grass

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Purple Fountain Grass is among the most prized ornamental grasses, celebrated for its soft rosy plumes and maroon foliage. Nodding flower spikes arch gracefully away from the upright foliage, providing elegant architecture and a dramatic accent in sunny beds. Gorgeous as a focal point in containers, when massed in flowing waves through the landscape, or planted in clusters for big impact. The ruby plumes make stylish cut flowers, fresh or dried. Perennial in zones 9-10, grow as an annual in all other zones. Will not reseed. (Pennisetum setaceum)
Zones 9 - 10
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
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. , 24-48" wide.
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all season. Rose red plumes form in mid summer and continue through 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 24-48" wide. Purple Fountain Grass is as versatile as it is reliable. Plants provide a contrast in texture and color ideal for repetition throughout the garden. Flower stalks appear mid-summer and remain to provide interest through the winter. Unlike other Pennisetum, Purple Fountain Grass does not reseed in the garden. This drought tolerant grass is grown as an annual in all but the warmest regions, but its rapid growth provides quick color  in any location. Easy to grow and pest-free.

More Information
Associated SKUsAM016200
AM014233 (Plant - 3.5" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM015755 (Tray of 18) - Out of stock.
AM015756 (Tray of 9) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Purple Fountain Grass
Botanical Name
Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum
9, 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
36-48" tall.
Mature Spread
24-48" wide.
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season. Rose red plumes form in mid summer and continue through fall.
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Large clumps of arching and upright, narrow blade-like burgundy foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Dry Sites
Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Good For Containers
Award of Garden Merit.
Ideal Region
Southeast, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

No longer available this season.

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