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Prairie Winds® 'Desert Plains' Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 40 - 48 Inches
Proven Winners® Perennials
Prairie Winds® 'Desert Plains' Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides
Sun 40 - 48

Features

This large fountain grass makes a beautiful focal point in the fall garden. Showy bottlebrush-shaped flowers emerge dusky purple and age to tan atop the upright vase-shaped clump of green foliage which takes on red, orange, and gold tones in fall. Improvement over older cultivars in habit, flowering performance, and fall color.

Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Erosion Control
Resists: 
Deer
Grass: 
Grass

Characteristics

Plant Type: 
Perennial
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
40 - 48 Inches
Spacing: 
36 - 48 Inches
Spread: 
36 - 48 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Early Fall
Bloom Time: 
Mid Fall
Bloom Time: 
Late Fall
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Average
Needs Good Drainage
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Soil PH Category: 
Neutral Soil
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Best in landscapes.

Maintenance Notes: 

This ornamental grass grows best in rich, well-drained soil and full sun to light shade. It does not tolerate wet soil. Leave foliage standing through winter if desired, but cut back before new growth appears in spring.

This large fountain grass makes a beautiful focal point in the fall garden. Large, tan, bottlebrush flowers are produced atop the upright vase-shaped clump of green foliage. Red, orange, and yellow fall color.

Prairie Winds® 'Desert Plains' Pennisetum alopecuroides USPP 20,751
  • I live in zone 5 and this plant did not survive the winter. I had gotten 5 of them last year(2018) and had them planted in various areas of the yard including pots. None of them performed well. It seems as though they barely grew to full maturity. Very disappointed.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Becky Dingle
    RICHMOND
    Indiana
    United States
    3 days ago
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