Cayenne™ Sterile Fountain Grass

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A fantastic new dwarf Fountain Grass that stays put where you plant it! The Cayenne™ Sterile Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'TIFT PA18') features sturdy stems and graceful rich-green arching blades! Summer complements this graceful fountain with burgundy-purple bottlebrush blooms!

Pennisetum are wonderfully easy to grow and hardy Ornamental grasses, vigorously growing into 3-4 feet tall and wide when in bloom. The calming Zen provided by softly rustling grasses, plus the mesmerizing swaying are lovely additions to your private spaces. Texture, motion, sound, and color to the landscape!

Oriental Fountain Grass creates tranquil, showy clumps that cascade beautifully despite heat, humidity, deer, and sun! Growing throughout USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9, there is little that fazes these remarkably tough perennial grasses. Once cooler temperatures come around in the fall, you'll love the burgundy-brown seedheads and burgundy blushed foliage that remains for winter interest but won't self-seed into the wind!

Planting and Application:

Fantastic specimens as a stand-alone focal point, the motions and texture of Ornamental grass suit gardens of any size or style! Groupings, rows, or drifts en masse, the spicy Cayenne™ accentuates a functional landscape with flowing grace and easy hardiness! Great erosion control for slopes and hard-to-mow areas, and no troublesome self-seeding!

Naturalized and Prairie landscapes, Cottage and Perennial borders, and Rock gardens all gain intrigue as will your containers, planters, and cutting gardens! One of the longest and latest flowering grasses with four-season interest, you can't go wrong with an ornamental that takes care of itself!

  • Upright Fountains of Tidy Rich-Green Foliage
  • Long-Lasting Blooms in Burgundy-Brown
  • Arching Blades & Waving Seed Heads
  • Unique Cut Flowers & Container Interest
  • En Masse, Specimen, Erosion, Groupings & Containers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Full sun to part shade locations works great for Fountain Grasses. Deer resistant, humidity and heat tolerant, they're adaptable to all well-drained soil types. Having moderate moisture requirements, just provide regular moisture until established, but after, these warm-season grasses are drought tolerant. These low-maintenance grasses need pruning in early spring to a few inches above the ground and division every 3-5 years to keep them neat, tidy and growing vigorously.

  • Full Sun Ornamental Grass
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Adaptive to a Variety of Soils
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Deer Resistant Sterile Ornamental Grass

For a space-saving Ornamental grass that only grows where you plant it, get one that also has amazing tolerance and burgundy bottle-brush blooms! Add some spice to your landscape and order Cayenne™ Sterile Fountain Grass from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Cayenne™ Sterile Fountain Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Botanical Name Pennisetum alopecuroides 'TIFT PA18'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 3 1/2 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 3 1/2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring