Red Head Fountain Grass

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AM016203

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‘Red Head’ Fountain Grass dazzles with 10-inch bottlebrush plumes emerging burgundy-red in mid-to-late summer. Plumes shift a golden hue in fall and remain in place throughout winter. Flowing, ribbon-like grass blades adds texture and motion. ‘Red Head’ stands apart as one of the earliest-flowering fountain grasses. An excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. (Pennisetum alopecuriodes)
Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Pest / Disease Resistant
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Dried Flowers
Good For Containers
Great For Mass Plantings
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size36-48" tall , 24-30" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all season. Smoky, purple plumes form in mid summer and continue through fall.
SKUAM016203

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 48-60" wide. ‘Red Head’ Fountain Grass truly lives up to its name, with narrow blades growing in graceful, fountain-like mounds. Leaves take on yellow highlights in autumn. A water-wise perennial, ‘Red Head’ is stunning when mass planted. The unique floral plumes also make a fine specimen or accent in small gardens and containers. This low-maintenance grass is drought tolerant once established. Bird friendly and deer resistant, ‘Red Head’ makes a fine addition to wildlife 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 late winter 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
Common Name
Red Head Fountain Grass
Botanical Name
Pennisetum alopecuriodes Red Head
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Green
Flower Size
9" flowers
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
24-30" wide
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season. Smoky, purple plumes form in mid summer and continue through fall.
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Mound of green arching grass-like foliage. Foliage turns shades of gold, orange and brown in the fall.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Well Draining
Tolerates
Dry Sites
Advantages
Deer Resistant, Pest / Disease Resistant, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Good For Containers, Great For Mass Plantings, Winter Interest
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit
Tray
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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