Purple Fountain Grass - Pennisetum advena Rubrum

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The exceptionally showy and popular, ornamental, perennial grass grows in dense clumps of burgundy coloured foliage, with arching purple flower plumes in summer. This is the perfected sterile variety.

Decorative and durable as a landscape specimen or group planting, and excellent in containers. Striking colour accent in perennial beds, road and parking lot borders, and offers good erosion control on embankments.

Common Name: Purple Fountain Grass Botanical Name: Pennisetum x advena Rubrum Plant size: Approx 12 - 15cm Pot size: 50mm pot. Max growth: Approx high and 1.5m wide. Maintenance: Grow in fertilised, free draining soil for best results. Once established, tolerant of high temperatures, humidity, wind, drought, and able to withstand light frost. Planting: Plant about 3 per meter for a border planting

Climate Zone

  • Arid
  • Subtropical
  • Temperate
  • Tropical


  • Striking Flowers

Garden Style

  • Cottage Garden
  • Formal Garden
  • Tropical Garden

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Plant Type

  • Evergreen
  • Foliage Plants


  • Full Sun
  • Semi Shade


  • Container Plants
  • Edge planting
  • Embankments
  • Green walls
  • Mass planting
  • Retaining walls

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