Redhead Fountain Grass

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Long-lasting, the Redhead Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Redhead') makes the argument that maybe it's redheads who have more fun. This delightful and dramatic warm-season Ornamental Grass is extravagantly playful and pretty! These majestic plumes appear in mid to late summer long before other grasses send up their flowers.

Unlike some other Grasses, this one produces 5-inch long soft plumes that tickle the air as they bob and sway in the wind. These plumes truly draw attention with their red-violet coloration. And the fun of these puffy, fluffy plumes lasts into summer and fall. In fact, these dynamic plumes transform from their deep reddish-purple to an ethereal silver in fall and remain present through winter!

While these showy plumes give you a lot to write home about, the foliage and form of Redhead Fountain Grass are also quite remarkable. This grass has fine-textured foliage with a lovely yellow-green hue that turns golden as the winter weather arrives. And the Redhead Fountain Grass's form exemplifies that classic fountain form and keeps this form throughout its life. Its narrow leaves shoot toward the sky and then gracefully arch toward the ground.

Planting and Application:

This eye-catching plant is so easy to grow. There are few gardens that can't use at least one of these dramatic little charmers. Use your Redhead Fountain Grass as a back border or a thriller accent. Its medium green foliage and unique plumes make it a great specimen deserving of attention. You'll love the motion they lend a Rock Garden. With a rounded, breezy, natural appeal, it will catch your eye for a long beat and visually bring texture, form, and color to your landscape year-round.

Try lining a staircase with a series of containers. Try a single plant to smaller containers to spill around the base of larger potted plants. Try using this sophisticated, compact grass around seating areas in containers or on front porches in the sun. You'll get year-round easy care color without much maintenance to earn it!

  • Early-Flowering, Dramatic Plumes - Ravishing Mauve Coloration
  • Soft Fountain-Like Bright Green Foliage
  • Dense-Clumping Fountain Form
  • Great Winter Interest
  • Great Accent in Perennial Borders, Containers, Borders & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This fast-growing grass thrives in heat, drought, humidity, and intense sun. It's easy to grow and deer resistant. Just provide your Redhead Fountain Grass with full sun and water it deeply as it becomes established. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 through 9, these are very adaptable, small-scale Ornamental Grasses!

Warm-season grasses green up later in the spring, but really shine once the hot, dry summer weather kicks in! Mulch with 3-4 inches deep around the plants will also help to keep the roots cool in the hotter summer locations. Prune down to 4-6 inches in early spring before you see new growth, and rake out the clump to remove dead debris and leaves.

  • Full Sun
  • Widely Adaptable - Drought Tolerant
  • Well-Drained Soil - Avoid Over-Fertilizing
  • Hardy Dwarf Perennial Warm-Season Grass
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Prune Down in Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant & Drought-Tolerant

Don't settle for boring, monotone, or prickly. Redhead Fountain Grass will bring fun, color, and excitement to your spring, summer, fall, and winter! Don't wait, order yours now at!

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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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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Redhead Fountain Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Redhead'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring