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Purple Fountain Grass

SKU: AM016200
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plant - 3" pot
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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)
key features
Botanical Name
Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum
Growing Zones
Zone 9, Zone 10
Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Container Planting
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
36-48" tall.
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season. Rose red plumes form in mid summer and continue through fall.


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.