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Bold Display Spectacular Purple Fountain Grass

  • Year Round Color
  • Tall Arched Purple Plumes from July to October
  • Long, Purple Blades Grow Up, Out and Down
  • Flowing Texture
  • Great Dried Flowers
  • Excellent Container "Thriller" for Northern Gardeners
  • Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Low-Maintenance
  • Drought and Heat Resistant
  • Rarely Damaged by Deer

Add a long-lasting dramatic fountain of color for very little effort with Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'). Rely on this charming choice for texture, motion and intense hues.

Make people's heads turn! Featuring rich purple foliage and gorgeous arched seed heads that turn golden as they age, Purple Fountain Grass is impossible to ignore.

It can be grown as a perennial year after year in Zones 9 - 11. It's also commonly used as a noteworthy annual "Thriller" all across the country.

There is nothing like a long row of these gleaming grasses lit from within by the setting sun.

Long blades grow straight up from the crown of these beautiful plants. The foliage start off green, but as they thrust up and spill over in waves...the color deepens to a brilliant purple.

Purple Fountain Grass cascades into a fountain-like shape upon maturity, giving rise to its name. Plant a living fountain and set the stage for a high-end, designer look around your outdoor entertainment area.

In the middle of summer, start watching for thick flower stalks to emerge. The dark purple blooms lengthen over time into a fluffy, arched cluster.

These tall stems of Purple Fountain Grass soar above its foliage. They are tipped with foot-long burgundy plumes.

All Grasses catch the wind, but this extraordinary variety is touched with gold gilt. Just a slight breeze sets the blades swaying back and forth as it glints in the sun.

The nodding seed heads lift and toss with wind. As they mature, the color deepens to a golden tan for an incredible designer look.

From a grower's standpoint, Purple Fountain Grass is hard to beat. It is deer resistant and easy to care for, especially considering the color and visual fun that it delivers wherever it's used.

Pump up the look of your lawn with this top-rated landscape designer favorite. Order Purple Fountain Grass for space today!

How to Use Purple Fountain Grass in the Landscape

This brilliant purple grass is beautiful year-round, whether you add it to a rock garden, a group in a flower bed, or an accent among other plants in a border. The grass also pots well, so add it to a container for a delightful display on a front porch,balcony or patio.

Purple Fountain Grass is the kind of plant that will stand out wherever you place it, and will look great in almost any location. Grow one on its own as a specimen plant at the start of your garden path, or to one side of your doorway.

Use several as a low-maintenance, high impact foundation planting. They look very modern and will effortlessfully boost your curb appeal.

Mix them throughout your flower beds and perennial gardens for both robust texture and dynamic color. It also adds a fun and colorful touch to rock or desert gardens.

Any plans for a cutting garden would be remiss without the inclusion of Purple Fountain Grass, a quintessential must-have among gardeners. Purple Fountain Grass is gorgeous on display in your lawn and equally at home as a cut flower in your next floral arrangement.

Aside from being easy on the eyes outdoors, Purple Fountain Grass is a great flower for drying in a tall vase. It's a popular variety for craft projects such as long-lasting dried wreaths.

This pretty plant is considered an annual in Zones 3 - 8. Make it yours for a spectacular summer; it will be much appreciated by family and friends.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Purple Fountain Grass in full sun to develop the best blooms. You'll love the way they look in sunlight, but these rugged grasses will also tolerate partial shade.

This grass must be grown in well-drained soil that doesn't remain soggy and wet. Create a raised bed or planting mound with additional soil if you need to improve drainage.

They perform best with a moderate amount of water on a regular schedule. Container plants need careful watering so they don't dry out.

Use mulch over the root system, but pull it back away from touching the crown. Reapply every season as needed.

Prune the stems to an inch above the ground before it before the new growth appears. Chop last year's growth for mulch on Victory Gardens or as dry material for compost bin rollers.

Last year's foliage can be "chopped and dropped" as mulch on your annual Victory Garden. Or, put it in your compost tumbler as critical dry material.

Magnificent Purple Fountain Grass brings rich color and a welcome sense of motion to your yard. Order yours 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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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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Purple Fountain Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones (Annual in all zones, Perennial in zones 9-11)
Growing Zones (Annual in all zones, Perennial in zones 9-11)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Purple
Pollinator Friendly No
When To Prune Early Spring