Family: Poaceae

Scientific Name: Pennisetum setaceum rubrum Fireworks

Common Name: Fireworks Pennisetum


(Fireworks Pennisetum) Pennisetum setaceum rubrum A striking variegated form of the old stand by Purple Fountain Grass. Purple Fountain grass is fountained shape while Fireworks is more mounded.

Plant TypeGrass Ornamental, Site author's observations, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone7-9
Sunlightfull, color best in full sun
Moistureaverage, low
Soil & Siteaverage
Growing Mediaaverage patio
Temperaturehardy to 25 degrees F
Flowers1-2" long plumed inflorescence (flowers), light tan to purple
Leavesmidvein is a burgundy color with hot pink margins, inner growth can be green, color best in full sun, color will fade in shade
Dimensions24 by 24 inches, mounding, much larger in warmer climates
Propagationpp # 18504, division
Cultivar OriginDiscovered by Ron Strasko as a culm sport on Pennisetum 'Rubrum' at his Creek Hill Nursery in Leola, Pa. in 2004 (San Marcos Growers)
Author's NotesThis is a striking plant. It is redder and mounded whereas the Purple Fountain grass is upright and burgundy red. The red color will fade in shaded sites.
Notes & ReferenceSan Marcos Growers web site
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