Red Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum ‘Cuprium’

 

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Gardening Tips for successful and beautiful Landscapes and Gardens

 

Add architectural flair to your desert and tropical landscape with a beautiful and very heat hardy Red Fountain Grass.

Pruning, watering & fertilization

Characteristics

 

 

 

Vigorous growing clumping grass to 5 feet in height. This attractive Desert Southwest perennial is topped by pinkish-purple plumes.  Widely used as a stand-out specimen or accent plant. 

 

 

It enjoys full sun, all day or part. As with most all plant life here, this one will do better with amended well-drained soil. Use organic mulch and mix with native when planting. Water deep and infrequently water when established.  Never every day. In winter; prune to ground for best appearance when new growth begins.

 

Fountain grass provides a very appealing tuft of color at the end of the stalk. Works in all soils, and is an easy to tend to. As a perennial, it will return each year with more and more plumes of color. Red Fountain Grass adds a touch of fiery beauty to your landscape with its bold color and glossy leaves. Fountain Grass is an upright-open, mound forming plant. This is an excellent ornamental grass.

As a specimen, plant it alone and let it show off!  Used as an accent, in the middle of borders, and with other perennials it blends with desert or tropical themes. If you have a landscape where you want to blend traditional with desert this plant makes an excellent segue or transitional plant. A mass planting produces a colorful display when in full bloom. Flowering occurs in July and goes through the fall. Flower color changes from whitish purple to coppery purple and persists well into the winter. (top)

 

Pruning, watering & fertilization

On its first winter do not prune. Subsequent winters prune to 4 inch height or shape as cube or globe for attractiveness during winter.  Early fall pruning of side-hanging leaves can increase late season beauty. When established watering can be weekly, never daily. Annual spring fertilization with Dr Q’s Cactus Food will help produce more flower spikes. (top)

 

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