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Commonly known as African fountain grass, Fountain grass, Purple fountain grass
Genus of about 120 species of rhizomatous or stoloniferous, clump-forming, annual and perennial grasses found in woodland and savannah in tropical, subtropical and warm-temperate zones worldwide.
Can be used for both fresh and dried arrangements.
DeciduousVery narrow, rough, rigid leaves 20-65cm (8-26in) long
Shades of pinkAll shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
Ornamental grassesClump-forming perennial, often grown as an annual in cooler climates. Erect, slender stems carry feathery erect or inclined flower heads to 30cm (12in) long
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesNonePlace of originAfrica. Southwestern Asia to Arabian Peninsula. Garden origin
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Leaf Colour (if not green)Silver variegated
Soil ConditionsMedium to light, fertile, well drained soil
Buy Varieties of PENNISETUM
dark red-purple leaves with green and pink stripes. Deep red flowers in late summer
a wonderfully graceful swaying tall grass with swords of deep purple hanging flower heads
clump-forming grass with dark green foliage which turns golden yellow in autumn