Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'
More About Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'
- Forms a dense, mounding clump of dark green foliage
- Deep purple buds mature to a smokey-purple
- Soft bottlebrush-like flower spikes spray through the foliage in every direction
- Foliage turns shades of rich golden-yellow and orange in the fall
- Very impressive in a mass planting
- Bloom Time: Midsummer to mid-fall
- Flower Height: 125 cm
- Foliage Height: 100 cm
- Flower Size: 20-25 cm
- Grass Type: Warm Season
Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.
Red Head Fountain Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips
Grows best in a moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to light shade. If planted in too much shade this grass will not flourish and may not flower. Foliage should be cut back to about 10 cm in early spring to allow for new growth. Pennisetum can reseed in optimum conditions.
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head' Characteristics
Moist to Average
Flowering TimeLt. Sum-Fall
Foliage ColorGreen (dark)
Landscape usesFoundation planting