giant burgundy fountain grass
Pennisetum sp.

Giant burgundy fountain grass is a perennial in the tropics but is grown as an annual in Iowa. The foliage is a dark burgundy color, valuable in the garden.

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Giant burgundy fountain grass. Iowa Arboretum near Luther. 15 July 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

Annual or perennial: perennial grown as annual

Origin: probably New Guinea and adjacent islands

Height: to 6’

Hardiness: 10

Habit: clumping

Moisture: moist, well-drained

Propagation: stem cuttings

Light: full sun

Flowering: July-September

Uses: mass plantings, specimen plantings, containers

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