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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

Interesting Notes:

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.

Zone:

5

Height:

100-125 cm

Spread:

90-120 cm

Colour:

Red
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall
Summer

Habit

Mounding
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Foundation planting
Specimen

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