Purple Fountain Grass
Easy-Growing, Gorgeous burgundy Blooms all summer and fall, Fast Growing in Nature
Purple Fountain Grass is a popular ornamental grass that is known for its striking, deep purple foliage and tall, graceful plumes. It is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of landscaping applications, including as a border or accent plant, in container gardens, or as a mass planting for a dramatic effect.
This grass is easy to grow and maintain, making it a favorite of gardeners and landscapers alike. It prefers full sun and well-draining soil, and should be watered regularly but not over-watered. In the fall, it may develop fluffy tan seed heads that can add additional interest to the plant.
If you're looking for a low-maintenance, yet eye-catching addition to your garden or landscape, Purple Fountain Grass may be just what you need.
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Growing Zones: 4-11 Patios / 8-11 Outdoors
|Mature Height:||4-5 ft.|
|Mature Width:||2-3 ft.|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Foliage Blooms||Burgundy Blooms during Summer to Fall|
|Uses||Mass Plantings, Beds and Borders, Entry Ways, Coastal Regions, Fence Planting, Landscape Specimen|
|Characteristics||Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, North American Native, Cold and Heat Tolerant|
|Soil Conditions:||Wide Range of soils Landscaper Near Me|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
Purple Fountain Grass, more commonly known as Rubrum, is a great way to provide color to your landscape. Rubrum will produce rose red flower spikes from mid-Summer to Fall. In areas where the temperature falls below 20°F this plant should be treated as an annual, but in warmer climates expect this grass to fade to brown in late Fall. You will then need to cut it back and wait until mid-Spring when it will sprout back up for another year of foliage and blooms. This Purple Fountain Grass is notably tolerant of drought and deters certain pests such as deer.
- Great as a landscape specimen or border and mass planting
- Grows best in full sun, Water thoroughly twice a week until established, then water once per week
- Fertilize every spring with slow-release fertilizer
- Winter hardy in USDA Zones 8-11
- If you are working on a big landscape project, consider ordering 8-plants to reduce total plant cost
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Planting and Care
PLANTING recommendations, select an area with FULL SUN, ornamental grasses are easily grown in a wide range of soils, including clay, alkaline and compacted soils, avoid wet soggy soils, once established grasses are highly adaptable and drought resistant. When planting dig a hole 6-12 inches wider than your new plant's root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level, this is very important, planting the plant deeper than the original top soil line may severely damage the tree. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply the mulch over the entire planting area.
WATER your new plant regularly during the first two months to establish a strong root system, Once your new ornamental grass is established, rainfall should suffice for your grass's watering needs, increase frequency during extremely hot days. You should always verify the top 2-3 inches of soil, if dry to the touch is time to water.
FERTILIZE your plants during spring before new growth begins. Applying a slow-release, 180 days duration, well balance fertilizer is probably the simplest solution and least expensive.
PRUNING Ornamental grasses can be cut back at anytime once the foliage turns brown, however under cool conditions early spring is a good time to trim, cut off about 2/3 of the upper section, most ornamental grasses will regrow fairly quick, providing new blooms by early summer, see more details on how to cut back.
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