PENNISETUM setaceum ‘Rubrum’

Fountain Grass –

0511 Outstanding accent plants for annual borders. Fast growing. Arching, upright growth habit. Prefers moist well drained soils in full sun.
Long red-purple plumes on cascading purple foliage. A quick bloomer. Used as a bedding plant or in containers.

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Fountain Grass
Purple Rubrum
Annual
9
Summer, Fall
Red
Purple

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36-48″
23-35″

Site Selection
Grow Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ in full sun. Like so many plants, this ornamental grass craves a well-drained soil. If you are cursed with a soil that is somewhat waterlogged, try a sedge grass instead. In fact, Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ is considered a drought-tolerant ornamental grass.

Planting Instructions
Divide in late spring or early autumn. Sow seed in early spring at 55° to 65°F.

Care
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Cut foliage back just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.

Companion Plants
Daylily – Colorful daylily flowers in reds, golds, yellows, and purples contrast beautifully with fountaingrass. They thrive in the same conditions.
False sunflower – The brilliant yellow and golden daisy flowers of false sunflower are cooled down when planted near fountaingrass, and together they create a meadow look in full sun.
Dahlia – The wonderful assortment of dahlia flowers in all colors and shapes lose some of their stiff formality when planted with fountaingrass. Both prefer full sun.

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