I live in North Carolina and I planted this grass in a large pot this summer. It's been beautiful!
Prairie Winds® 'Desert Plains' Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
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 InterestFall InterestWinter InterestErosion ControlResists:DeerGrass:Grass
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:36 - 48 InchesSpacing:36 - 48 InchesSpread:36 - 48 InchesFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Early FallHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses 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
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Suzanne, North Carolina, United States, 7 weeks ago
Planted 4 of these last Spring 2020. Looked healthy through that summer but didn’t come back this year. Disappointed.Renee, Michigan, United States, 27 weeks ago
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.Becky Dingle, Indiana, United States, 2 years ago