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  • Pennisetum ‘Red Head’ Ornamental Grass

Pennisetum 'Red Head'

Quick Overview

  • Smokey Purple Plumes,
  • Attractive Fall Foliage,
  • A Garden Crossings Favorite
Common Name:Fountain Grass
Plant Type:Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 What is my zone?
Height:3 - 4 Feet
Spread:3 - 3 Feet
Exposure:Full Sun (+6 hrs.)
Critter Resistance:Deer

Availability: In stock

Product Name Price Qty
Pennisetum 'Red Head' - 5" Pot
(Ships in Spring by USDA Zone)
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(Red Head Fountain Grass) Pennisetum 'Red Head', an impressive ornamental grass, is the largest flowering of all the Fountain Grasses! It shows off plumes which resemble burgundy-red fox tails when opening and then explode into huge smoky-purple bottlebrushes. Each bottlebrush plume measures a whopping 3" wide and over 8" long! 'Red Head' offers attractive golden foliage in the fall. Blooming earlier than other Pennesitum, 'Redhead' starts its show in August here in Michigan. Hardy down to zone 5, Pennesitum 'Red Head' stands 4-5 foot tall and wide and is sure to add vertical color and motion to your landscape.
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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'

Common Name Fountain Grass
USDA Hardiness Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Type Perennial
Sun Exposure Full Sun (+6 hrs.)
Soil Moisture Needs Dry, Moderate
Soil Type Clay
Critter Resistance Deer
Attributes Cut Flower or Foliage, Deciduous, Drought Tolerant
Design Use Border, Container, Massing, Specimen
Season of Interest (Flowering) Fall, Winter
Season of Interest (Foliage) Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
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Customer Reviews

A Beauty Review by Jeff B | Zone: 5
Never fails year to year, this one is a beauty. At around 3 ft. and loaded with 8 inch beautiful Smokey purple red plumes long lasting and worth the money. I have 5 in a half moon section in the yard and larger ornamental behind, wow! (Posted on 9/18/2009)
Best Grass Review by Jean W | Zone: 5
This is by far the best grass I have seen yet. It is blooming wonderfully here in Michigan in early September. Planted with Black-eyed Susan in front it is just stunning. (Posted on 9/9/2009)
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