Purple Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

A charming semi-evergreen ornamental grass that offers year-round color interest with its wine red, finely-textured foliage. Rosy-red and fluffy, foxtail-like blooms rise above base foliage on slender stems, creating a beautiful summer display, and then fade to creamy copper in the fall. Self-sows aggressively, so this makes an excellent container specimen.


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Purple Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
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Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.