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Graceful Grasses® 'Fireworks' Variegated Red Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

  • Hardy Zones
    • 9 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 24 - 30 Inches
Size: One Gallon
Size: Quart
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Graceful Grasses® 'Fireworks' Variegated Red Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
Sun 24 - 30


I'll be a NEW COLOR for your PALETTE.

Colorful leaves.

Award Winner
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary


Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
24 - 30 Inches
24 - 30 Inches
18 - 24 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Maintenance Category: 
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Cut Flower
Uses Notes: 

Great in beds, along walkways, and on patios.

Maintenance Notes: 

'Fireworks' is a warm-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than 20 degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.

In areas where winter temperatures remain above 20 degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Warm-season grasses won't start growing until mid to late spring or even early summer. Their major growth and flowering happens when the weather is hot. They will usually turn shades of brown for the winter.

Cut back warm season grasses in fall or by mid to late spring. Warm season grasses turn shades of brown as the weather turns colder. Once your warm season grasses turn brown you can trim them back at almost any time. If you like to tidy your garden in fall or if you live in an area where fire can be problematic trim warm season grasses so they are just a few inches tall.

If you live in an area where fire generally isn't a problem you can leave the dried grasses and seed heads in your garden for winter interest. Snow or ice encrusted ornamental grasses can be quite beautiful.

If you leave the trimming until spring try to make sure to cut them back to the ground (you can leave a couple of inches) by late spring, before new growth begins.

Not all ornamental grasses look good through the winter, trim back those that don't look good in the fall.

Divide warm season grasses anytime spring through mid-summer. All ornamental grasses should be divided when they are actively growing but not while they are flowering. If the plants are dormant when they are transplanted they won't establish a good root system. Warm season grasses generally start growing in late spring or early summer and have their active growth period during the heat of the summer. Warm season grasses will tend to bloom in mid to late summer.

‘Fireworks’ Pennisetum is a new addition to the Graceful Grasses® collection, and was chosen for its color, texture and performance. ‘Fireworks’ is a pink and white variegated purple fountain grass with a strong upright, arching habit that prefers full sun. This variety will reach 24—36” in height and is sure to add strong fall interest to any landscape.

Graceful Grasses® 'Fireworks' Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' USPP 18,504
  • We have this growing on an enclosed front porch and it have done very well all year.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Russell Studebaker
    British Columbia
    4 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2011 Top Performer Kansas State University
2011 Top Performer Kansas State University
2009 Classic City Award University of Georgia
2009 Classic City Award University of Georgia
2009 Classic City Award University of Georgia
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