Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass

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Red Bunny Tails is just as much fun to grow as the name implies! The Pennisetum Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass (Pennisetum messiacum 'Red Bunny Tails') has delightfully fluffy blooms that begin as dramatic burgundy-red bottle brushes, transitioning to fluffy puffs of white atop the clumps of slender green grass. Although named "Bunny Tails", the blooms are more reminiscent of a rabbit's foot, with a longer, showier display than many other Pennisetum.

The blooms start their show in mid-summer and continue right into fall. Floating atop the vibrant glossy green blades that grow in a clumping fountain manner, rising up tall and straight with a gentle arch that provides dramatic appeal as it gracefully sways on the afternoon breeze.

Red Bunny Tails has an upright, arching nature that may be slow to get going in the spring, but really takes off once the late spring and summer sun and heat kick in. Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 7 to 11, this warm-season grass grows just 18-36 inches tall when in flower and spreads 24-30 inches wide.

Planting and Application:

Plant a few Red Bunny Tails for an impressive border and garden backdrop that complements other blooms both formal and informal! Or use one as a curious specimen throughout garden beds in the sun or even place one in a large container as a thriller plant! Cut a few of the blooms for a natural display on your kitchen table bouquets or dry some of the blooms for later use in crafts. What you leave on the plant serves as fantastic winter interest.

Ornamental grasses are as functional as they are lovely and Red Bunny Tails serves as an annual or perennial depending upon your growing zones, increasing their versatility as a seasonal and annual accent or perennial garden focal point if you are in warmer growing zones. Add interest to Rock gardens, pathways and borders, or as a backdrop to highlight the mailbox, anchor a berm garden, or add unique interest to a low-maintenance street planting!

  • Upright Fountains of Glossy Green Blades
  • Burgundy Red Plumes Turn White in Fall
  • Fresh & Dried Floral Arrangements & Winter Interest
  • Very Easy & Fun to Grow!
  • Fantastic Specimens, Accents, Backdrops, Container Thrillers & Xeric Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Pennisetum grasses are resistant to most insects and tolerate drought well. Plant in a full sun location that has well-drained soil of any kind. Water enough to establish, then this little perennial grass is good to go except for extreme heat and drought; then it will appreciate a drink to keep it looking its best! Prune warm-season ornamental grasses in the early spring and have patience as they are a bit slower to emerge in the cooler spring weather.

  • Full Sun Ornamental Grass
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Adaptive to a Variety of Soils
  • Heat & Drought Tolerant & Low Maintenance
  • Prune Back Early Spring

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Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-11
Growing Zones 7-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pennisetum messiacum 'Red Bunny Tails'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 36 inches
Mature Spread 24 - 30 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Glossy Green with Burgundy
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring