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Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’
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Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’

Fountain Grass

USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 8.300.030

Fountain Grass is one of the most popular grasses. This selection forms a large mound of arching green leaves. Soft smoky-pink coloured bottlebrush flower spikes appear in mid to late summer, turning to buff as they dry. One of the earliest-flowering selections. Very effective when mass planted, but also useful as a specimen accent in the garden or in containers. Flowers are excellent for cutting, fresh or dried. Plants usually remain attractive well into the winter, the leaves turning shades of gold to orange then finally pale tan. Old foliage should be cut to the ground in early spring. Drought tolerant once established. Selected by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennials in Illinois.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Pink
Blooming Time
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches
   60-75 cm
   23-29 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate