Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
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Common Name (Alternative): Red Head Fountain Grass
Selected by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennials from among P. 'National Arboretum', 'Red Head' is an earlier flowering form of P. alopecuroides. It begins to show its huge, bottlebrush plumes in mid to late summer. Deep purple buds mature to smoky purple plumes that can measure a whopping 3" wide by 8-10" long! The cool temperatures of fall bring out gold tones in the green foliage. The combination of foliage and flower remains attractive for several months.
Breeder: Brent Horvath
Introducer: Intrinsic Perennial Gardens
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
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Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
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Pennisetum prefers to be grown in rich loamy soil with good drainage and full sun or light shade. However, it will grow in rocky or sandy soil as long as it remains fairly moist. This grass resents having "wet feet". This species may be propagated by seed or division.