Fountain grass is a very showy ornamental grass with graceful, arching leaves, and erect or nodding rose-colored flower spikes up to 12 in (30.5 cm) long. Fountain grass grows in dense, symmetrical clumps that can get 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) tall and 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) across with a fountain of feathery plumes flowing out of the foliage.
'Cupreum' has reddish stems and leaves, and copper-colored plumes. 'Rubrum' and 'Purpureum' are larger, to 5 ft (1.5 m) tall, with dark purple leaves and burgundy-red, nodding plumes to 15 in (38.1 cm) long. 'Eaton Canyon' is a miniature, to 30 in (76 cm) high, with burgundy-red foliage and plumes. These cultivars generally do not set seed, and therefore are good choices for tropical and subtropical climates where the species could become invasive.
Culture Fountain grass is a decorative yet durable ornamental grass that needs virtually no care once established. It is tolerant of high temperatures, high humidity, high wind, drought, and acidic to alkaline soils, and is pest-free. Light Full sun. Tolerates partial shade. Moisture Extremely drought tolerant. Established plants thrive in climates with less than 20' of rain annually. Hardiness USDA Zones 8 - 11. Fountain grass is a perennial in USDA Zones 8-11, but is often grown as an annual and started from seed each year in cooler climates. It can also be dug up and brought inside during winter. Even in warm climates, fountain grass will turn brown and die back in winter. Propagation Fountain grass, the species, is propagated from seed and it will self-sow in warm climates. Most of the cultivars do not produce seeds; they are propagated by dividing the root clumps.
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