Pennisetum setaceum 'Cupreum'

Common Name:
Red fountain grass
Plant Type:
Poaceae (The Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
North and central Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2-4 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Summer and fall
Flower Color:
Purplish red
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
This is a particularly showy form of--or a hybrid derived from--this long-cultivated species. Stems are erect, with narrow 1-2 foot leaves. Both stems and leaves are purplish-bronze in color. Gracefully arching, red-tinged flower clusters are held above the foliage in summer and fall. This selection sets little viable seed and should have low invasive potential. Sun or light shade, most soils, moderate to occasional watering. Winter deciduous, but not reliably hardy below 25 degrees F. A striking specimens for large tubs.