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Pennisetum 'Karley Rose'
  • Pennisetum Karley Rose has rose purple plumes
  • Pennisetum Karley Rose is long flowering
  • Pennisetum Karley Rose grass grows well in full sun

Pennisetum 'Karley Rose'

Longest & earliest blooming ornamental grass. Show starts July and continues well into fall.
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ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $12.99
  • Exceptional rose-purple plumes summer-fall
  • Starts flowering in Michigan in June and goes to frost!!
  • Great garden vigor thriving in heat & humidity
  • Not particular about soil type
  • Over 5 months of blooms on this colorful ornamental grass for sun
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Pennisetum 'Karley Rose' Description

Pennisetum Karley Rose is a superb ornamental grass that provides 5 months of color, texture, motion & all season interest in your sun garden.

Loved for its extremely heavy rose-pink blooms & beautiful form. Unbelievable long flowering for an ornamental grass beginning in early summer & lasting well into the fall.

The pink flowers of this long-blooming ornamental grass make the perfect companion to fragrant coneflowers, long-blooming Knock Out roses, & our favorite drought-proof sedums!

Ornamental grasses grow well in full sun & well drained soil. Once established, they effortlessly take on heat, humidity & punishing sun.

Special features: Cut flower, Deer resistant, Dried flower, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fall color, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Multi-seasonal interest, Season extender, Winter interest

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'
  • Common name:
    Oriental fountain grass
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Sandy
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Dry
  • Height x width:
    40" X 36"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Early summer
  • Uses:
    Background, Border, Cottage gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #: 12,909



Soil: Easily grown in average, medium to moisture, well drained soils. Prefers sandy loam with good drainage.
Light: Full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but may not flower in too much shade.  
Water: Medium --  Once established, will adapt to poorer soils with occasional drought. Occasional deep watering is needed during periods of drought.
Spacing: 2 - 3 feet
Fertilizing: Small amounts of fertilizer are needed for ornamental grasses.  Too much fertilizer will increase the nitrogen level, and that can lead to lodging or flopping over. The best time for applying fertilizer is in the spring, just as growth is resuming. About one -quarter cup, per item, of a 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer is enough to take care of the plant needs throughout the entire summer.  For best results, make sure you thoroughly water in the fertilizer.
Winterizing: Can leave foliage standing for winter. Shear the dead portions back to 3-4 inches above the ground by late Mar. to allow the new growth to emerge unhindered.
Maintenance & pruning:  Propagate by division of the clump into several pieces in early spring, (after shearing the dead foliage away), and discard the center of the clump (and any other peripheral portions which have died).


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Karley Rose is wonderful
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Carol Marthens  |  Mar 15, 2018
I have had this plant in McKinney for about 5 years now. The blooms are beautiful and I love photographing them each spring, in the sun they just glow. It does reseed some, I started with one plant and now I have 6. Outstanding ornamental grass for North Texas! VERY drought tolerant once it is established.

Great Accent Grass
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George Seward  |  Mar 5, 2017
I planed this grass as an accent on two sides of my home. This grass I found was not or has not been in the Dallas area and I liked the pictures on Great Garden plant. Other than cutting it low around February and feeding it Osmocote that is all I do. It flops over after a heavy rain but comes back immediately as the plant dries. I planted these in 2009 and they are still going strong. Would highly recommend.