tender fountain grass
Pennisetum setaceum

Tender fountain grass is a perennial grass grown as an annual in Iowa. The selection 'Rubrum' (also known as 'cupreum' and 'atrosanguineum') has burgundy foliage and plumes.

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Dwarf burgundy fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Cupreum compactum’). Reiman Gardens, Ames. 23 Sept 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

Annual or perennial: perennial grown as annual

Origin: Africa, Asia, Arabia

Height: 2-3 feet

Hardiness: zone 9

Habit: clumping

Moisture: moist

Propagation: division for cultivars

Light: full sun

Flowering: August-October

Uses: specimen and larger plantings, fresh and dried flowers

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