Red Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Red Fountain Grass
Pennisetum setaceum

Red Fountain Grass
Red Fountain Grass
Tall, burgundy colored grass producing pink to light purple flower heads. Loose open graceful habit. Good in the border or in containers. 
Full sun, in moist well-drained soil. 
'Rubrum' 3-4 feet tall, thin burgundy leaves, purple flowers 
Mature Height
3-4 Feet
Annual Hardiness Type
Tender Annual
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - October
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

None serious
Additional Notes
Useful ornamental grass good as an accent, filler or specimen plant. Good container plant. Best color in full sun. Will not overwinter in cold growing regions. Must be propagated vegetatively. Will not come true to type from seed.


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