This is my 3rd summer growing Vertigo in containers. I use 5 very large pots approx. 6 feet apart to line the walkway to my home. I have not found anything I like to underplant (filler) with Vertigo. Nor am I fond of the containers using it as a "spike"…it is too beautiful and exceptional a plant to play second fiddle to anyone else. I am beginning to think it needs nothing. It is stunning on its own and never fails to draw comments and questions. I have a solar hummingbird light in each container and the night effect is very dramatic with the grass being backlit by light from the pond. Along with King Tut, this is one of the most stunning grasses to use in containerscaping.
Graceful Grasses® Vertigo® Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum purpureum
- Hardy Zones
- 8 - 11
- Mature Size
- 48 - 96 Inches
Large grass that is a great architectural element in the garden. The spiky foliage has presence.
This grass will beautify your garden all summer.
In almost all areas it will be an annual grass. Once the grass turns brown in the fall you can cut it back to the ground whenever you would like.
Vertigo is a warm-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than 15 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 15 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.
This variety is especially dramatic in clusters, mass plantings, or along slopes. A favorite for fresh or dried arrangements. Pest and disease-free.
- Anne SikkemaDrydenCanada1 year ago
Love this plant. Great in a container to add height and movement. Also great in the garden/flower bed!! I have this on my deck in a large pot with Star flower, Joseph's Coat, and white Superbelles. Beautiful. Also have it in the flower bed by the pool where it gets sun all day.Kelly SIrwinPennsylvaniaUnited States1 year ago
I have been so amazed at this grass all summer long. It is lovely, and is just beginning now to get a bit brown. I have it planted in a large reddish bronze coloured pot with a bright green potato vine, blue lobelia and red nemesia around the base. Lovely!!
Have also grown a Proven Winners Supertunia (Vista Bubblegum) that has been absolutely spectacular!!!Kathy GilliganParksvilleBritish ColumbiaCanada2 years ago
This is just a damn cool plant!Amanda Thomsen3 years ago
- Glenn & Eileen Bradbury3 years ago
It is so very beautiful! I love it and I feel so bad that it will not live thru the winter in New York State.Jeannie Reinhard4 years ago
BeautifulRebeccaMichiganUnited States4 years ago
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