I planted this plant in front of a birdbath, when it was at full height it gave the bird a little protection and made the flowerbed even more pretty. It never flowered but grew for two seasons.
Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass Pennisetum messiacum
Graceful flower plumes highlight burgundy-green foliageHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryGrass:Grass
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:TallGarden Height:18 - 36 InchesSpacing:18 - 24 InchesSpread:18 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Shade:PinkFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to Sun
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).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallBloom Time:Mid FallBloom Time:Late FallHardiness Zones:7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:GrassUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Use in beds, borders and large containersMaintenance Notes:
Red Bunny Tails is a neutral-grass. Where temperatures get colder than zero 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 zero degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Evergreen or neutral grasses are usually plants that look like grasses but aren't actually classified as grasses, they are generally called grass-like plants.
Divide evergreen or neutral grasses and grass-like plants in spring only.
Evergreen grasses don't ever go dormant. Dividing plants wounds them to some degree. For evergreen grasses this wounding will really affect their ability to live through the winter.
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Richard Reneau, Oregon, United States, 11 years ago
Russell Studebaker, Maryland, United States, 11 years ago