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Family: PoaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: PurpleLeaf Colour: GreenFoliage: DeciduousPosition: SunSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 1.2m to 1.8m (4' to 6')Peat Free? YesHardiness Guide: RHS H7 minimum at least -20CPot Size: 1L
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One of the hardiest fountain grasses but also invasive so best contained. Beautiful upright stems topped with purple spikes before turning russet-buff in autumn. Any soil in sun or part shade. 1.5m.
This is one of those plants that sells on sight in flower but we always warn people that it is a real spreader - 1.5m in a season in good soil! So, it's best grown in a pot or other contained area where you can keep an eye on it. It does make a very good pot plant. Pennisetum flaccidum can also be grown in the open ground in very poor soils, such as a mix of soil and rubble or other aggregates which will considerably slow it's spread.
Excellent flowers from June or July until the autumn, like a completely hardy version of Pennisetum macrourum but with glistening purple colour to start with.
From the Middle East, through Asia, as far as China and the Russian Far East.
Sometimes sold as Pennisetum incomptum, P. incomptum purple form or P. flaccidum purple form - we've grown all of them and can't see any difference.
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'£7.00
Recent P. orientale hybrid from John Greenlee. Upright clumps of foliage topped with masses of tail-like feathery spikes to 1m. Drained soil in full sun.
AGM Amazing long tapers of buff flowers to 2.4m from midsummer till the first frosts. Well drained soil in full sun or grow in a large pot and take in for the winter in cold areas.
Low clumps of greyish foliage and masses of over-the-top creamy caterpillar-like flowers from midsummer till the frosts. Well drained soil in sun. 45cm.