Pennisetum setaceum 'Cupreum'     
Purple fountain grass   
Poaceae Family     

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Form: clump forming, mounding, ornamental grass
Seasonality: semi-evergreen; may lose color in cold weather
Size: 2-4ft, with equal spread
Leaves: slender blade; narrow, flat and curving; to 2ft long; bright green or purplish, reddish in cooler weather
Flowers: attractive plume on spike held about 1ft above leaf blades; off-white or pinkish; bloom in summer and throughout fall
Fruit: none, cultivar 'Cupreum' is sterile (does not set seeds)
Stems/Trunks: hollow stems
Range/Origin: Africa
Hardiness: leaves brown at 32°F, may die off completely below mid-twenties


LANDSCAPE VALUE:

Purple fountain grass
Pennisetum setaceum
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:


NOTES:

aka Fountain grass

varieties other than the sterile 'Cupreum' are invasive, naturalizing in some regions, and considered a threat to native grasses



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