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.