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Pennisetum a. 'Desert Plains'
ENLARGE IMAGE Lovely flowing habit
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Pennisetum a. 'Desert Plains'

Early blooming ornamental grass
Item: #PENDP1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
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  • Dusty rose-purple plumes summer-fall
  • Elegant cascading fountain-like habit
  • Tough plant for heat & humidity
  • Not particular about soil type
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Pennisetum a. 'Desert Plains' Description

‘Desert Plains’ is the ideal fountain grass for medium to large landscapes, where its 3-4’ tall, vase-shaped habit creates a lovely display as a specimen, mass planted, or within a mixed border. In summer its 5”, dusky purple bottlebrush blooms arrive in profusion, just in time to complement the slowly changing foliage. Fall color change starts at the leaf tips, turning them bright red, and over time the entire leaf turns orange and yellow, complementing matured tan flower heads. Foliage and flowers can be left standing in winter to provide interest and cover for wildlife.

Special features: Cut flower, deer resistant, dried flower, drought tolerant, low maintenance, fall color, heat tolerant, multi-seasonal interest, season extender, winter interest, supports wildlife

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Pennisetum a. 'Desert Plains'
  • Common name:
    Fountain grass
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Sun (6+ hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Dry
  • Height x width:
    3-4' X 3-4'
  • Flower color:
    Rose-purple, tan in fall
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Early summer and persists through fall
  • Uses:
    Background, border, cottage gardening, foundation planting, massing, specimen, cut flower garden
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  • Patent #: PP20,751



Soil: Will grow and thrive in any soil type, prefers good drainage.
Light: Performs best in full sun. Can tolerate part sun, but may not produce as many flowers.
Water: Has average water needs. Once established, it will tolerate a bit of drought, but prefers a deep watering when drought is expected to last a long time.
Spacing: 3 to 4 feet apart
Fertilizing: Does not require fertilizer, but if desired you can apply a small amount of all purpose garden fertilizer in spring. Be sure to water it in thoroughly.
Winterizing: Can leave foliage standing for winter.
Maintenance & pruning:  Prune down to 3-4 inches above soil level in late winter or early spring, before new growth emerges.