Purple Fountain Grass is a wonderful plant. It is considered an easy-maintenance plant. It is a very popular choice of the many ornamental grasses. Planters, gardeners, and others can use this plant as a hanging basket, container, landscaping and other ways. This plant is not typically used for any culinary purposes, but is widely popular for groundcovering. This plant provides great ground coverage while also adding beauty to your yard or other planting area.
Common Name: Purple Fountain Grass/Red Fountain Grass/Old Faithful
Scientific Background: This plant is in the genus of Pennisetum and the family of Poaceae. Purple Fountain is common in the west, where it is in warm and typically dry climates, just as its close relative ornamental grasses. It is native to the continent of Africa.
Scientific Name: Pennisetum Rubrum
Blooms/Foliage: This gorgeous plant features a purple or burgundy foliage. From this graceful foliage are the soft and fuzzy blooms that add even more color to the plant.
Hardiness Zones: This plant is grown as annual in colder climates, hardy zone less than 6, and tender perennial in warmer climates. This plant has been known to grow in states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
Growth Habit: This plant is a tall grass plant, growing in an upright habit. It reaches heights of 30-36 inches. Purple Fountain Grass can also reach widths of up to 2 feet.
Exposure: Pennisetum Rubrum should be planted in areas that receive partial to full sun.
Water: This plant needs an average amount of water to grow to its full potential, so water it regularly, but do not overwater. This plant is drought-resistant, which is another reason it should not be over watered.
Spread: When planting, allow 18-24 inches of space between each pant to avoid overcrowding.
Soil: This plant works well with average soils with neutral pH levels.
Potential Handling Dangers: Purple Fountain Grass may cause allergy problems, but are not harmful.
Potential Plant Dangers; This plant has no major diseases or pests to be concerned with, but if potentially harmful pests are seen be sure to spray a mild pest repellant.
Helpful Tips: Trim plants down during the winter, when it starts to turn brown. These plants should not be expected to live through the winter and grow back in the spring.