Red Fountain Grass dazzles with 10-inch bottlebrush plumes emerging burgundy-red in mid-to-late summer. Plumes shift a golden hue in fall and remain in place throughout winter. Flowing, ribbon-like grass blades adds texture and motion. ‘Red Head’ stands apart as one of the earliest-flowering fountain grasses. An excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. Plant in full sun and water sparingly to control height. Cut back in late winter to remove dead stalks and expose new foliage. In our Sunnyvale garden, we grow it in a large pot.
Scientific name: Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ (‘Cupreum’)
Light Exposure: Sun
Water Requirements: Moderate
Sunset Zone: 8-24
Flower Color: Magenta-red
Flower Season: Late Summer-Fall
Height (at Maturity): 4-5 ft.
Width (at Maturity): 3-4 ft.