Pennisetum alopecuroides Prairie Winds® 'Desert Plains' - Desert Plains Fountain Grass from NVK Nurseries - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Pennisetum alopecuroides Prairie Winds® 'Desert Plains' - Desert Plains Fountain Grass from NVK Nurseries - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Desert Plains Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Desert Plains'

  • The narrow green blades form an upright vase-shaped clump
  • Improved habit, flowering performance, and fall colour over 'Cassian' and 'Hameln'
  • Tips of foliage begin to turn deep red midsummer and transitions to shades of orange and gold in fall
  • Large purple showy bottlebrush plumes emerge in early fall and age to tan as season progresses
  • Bloom Time: Early fall
  • Flower Height: 120 cm
  • Foliage Height: 90 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

ZONE:
5

COLOUR:
Brown

HEIGHT:
90-120 cm

SPREAD:
90-120 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Grows best in a moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to light shade. If planted in too much shade this grass will not flourish and may not flower. Foliage should be cut back to about 10 cm in early spring to allow for new growth. Pennisetum Desert Plains will not reseed.

Additional Notes about Desert Plains Fountain Grass:


Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

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