First Knight™ Napier Grass Overview
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Eggplant Purple Foliage First Knight™ Napier Grass

  • Ravishing Deep Purple-Black Foliage
  • Disease and Insect Resistant
  • Excellent as an Annual in Cold Climates

Tall, dark, handsome, brave. Need we say more? If your garden needs a knight in shining armor, you need the First Knight™ Napier Grass (Pennisetum x 'First Knight'). As known as "fountain grass," this variety features the deepest purple to black coloration in the nursery. With stunning looks, it's easy to see why so many landscape artists are turning to this handsome grass for color and texture, but it's superior performance and excellent disease resistance earns the respect of gardeners everywhere.

The First Knight™ Napier Grass offers some of the deepest violets. Its strong sword-shaped foliage erupts from its center where it appears to be almost black. Unlike other fountain grasses, this one tends to stand more upright and only folds towards the ends of its leaves.

The rich purple of this ornamental grass makes it ideal for adding drama and a bold statement to a garden bed. It's guaranteed to set off bright greens, vibrant yellows (especially chartreuse), and reds. And with its upright nature and strong leaves, it offers textural interest and variation when paired with more classic bushy selections.

With its tall stature, the First Knight™ Napier Grass makes an excellent accent plant or as a mass planting that will attract attention and warrant questions.

Like the bravest warriors, the First Knight™ Napier Grass excels in growth and towers to tall heights without needing constant maintenance. This knight prefers full sun or partial shade and medium moisture soil that drains well. You'll want to shower yours with regular watering during the hottest and driest times of the year.

The First Knight™ Napier Grass thrives in warmer regions but also flourishes as an annual beyond its growing zones. It springs to life quickly after planting and establishes itself without much fuss on your part. This knight was bred to resist common diseases and insects thanks to Dr. Wayne Hanna from the University of Georgia.

This plant earned its knighthood by its ability to grow vigorously and dazzle onlookers with its bold purple foliage. If you're looking for color and resilience, look no further! The First Knight™ Napier Grass is one of the best ornamental grasses you will find. Order one for yourself 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

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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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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 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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First Knight™ Napier Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Botanical Name Pennisetum x 'First Knight'
Foliage Perennial
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Soil Type Well-Drained
Moisture Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Purple