Graceful Grasses Purple Fountain Pennisetum

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The versatile and saturated color of the Graceful Grasses® Pennisetum, Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') is a spectacular warm-season perennial ornamental that is so fun and easy to grow!

Fountains of gently arching purple-red blades cascade up and out from the base of this ornamental grass creating an eye-catching display! The rosy, pink plumes transition to deep purple foliage that lasts all summer until the first frost. The plumes wave and bob in the breeze and can be used in both fresh and dried floral arrangements!

Growing just 1-3 feet in height when in bloom, Purple Fountain Grass spreads just 24 inches wide, this warm-season ornamental perennial grass lives up to its name and creates a mounding, arching cascading form. This perennial ornamental grass thrives throughout USDA growing zones 8 to 11 and is wonderfully easy to grow for any level of gardener!

Planting and Application:

Add drama to the Rock garden, and add graceful flowing texture to mailbox plantings and around the sunny patio in the ground or a planter thriller or filler! This grass is especially eye-catching in clusters, mass plantings, or along slopes!

Northern growers can use Pennisetum as high-impact seasonal accents in their outdoor porch containers in the sun for seasonal bursts of color! The Graceful Grasses® Purple Fountain is a vigorous grower that will quickly fill in any bed or container. Plant in your perennial and cutting gardens, dress up a front foundation planting with seasonal color, and add interest along a sunny pathway!

  • Gorgeous Rich Purple-Red Foliage
  • Fluffy Tan-Red Bottlebrush Plumes
  • Perennial Ornamental Warm-Season Grass
  • Annual Accent in Cooler Zones
  • Fresh & Dried Arrangements
  • Great for Containers, Vibrant Color Accent & Specimen

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant in fertile well-drained soil in full sun after all danger of frost has passed. This is a perennial grass in warm climates but can be used an Annual in cooler growing zones. The more sun the better the color of your grass! While drought-resistant once established, these plants look better if you give them a drink during the hottest parts of the summer months. Graceful Grasses® is virtually pest and disease free!

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Soil of Any Kind
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Easy to Grow Warm-Season Grass

Rich saturated color and versatile adaptability, choose the eye-catching Proven Winners® brand Graceful Grasses® Purple Fountain Pennisetum today for your landscape delivered from Nature Hills Nursery!

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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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.

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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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Graceful Grasses Purple Fountain Pennisetum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-11
Growing Zones 8-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 36 inches
Mature Spread 20 - 36 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Burgundy
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring