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Are Pennisetum Hardy?

Tender and Hardy Pennisetum
Their foliage and plumes pack a colorful wallop from early summer to frost. However, many lovely Pennisetum are cold hardy to Zones 5 and 6. Like the tender varieties, they add beauty to beds and decorative containers, and can be used as annuals outside of their hardiness zones.

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Similarly, it is asked, is Pennisetum rubrum Hardy?

In the right soil (see below), these should survive outside all year. Pennisetum orientale is hardy to 23F (-5C) and so has rightly become more popular with our recent run of warmer winters; 'Karley Rose' is a newish cultivar whose pink flowerheads may catch your eye.

Secondly, how do you overwinter purple fountain grass? Easy to Overwinter Like most ornamental grasses, purple fountain grass does best when you cut it back drastically to remove old leaves. Do this when you bring it indoors, cutting back both flowers and leaves to about 2 or 3 inches (3-5 cm) high. Place the plant near a sunny window in a heated room.

Subsequently, question is, does purple fountain grass die in the winter?

While purple fountain grass is known as a perennial, it is actually considered a tender perennial. This ornamental grass cannot survive cold winters and is hardy only in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 and warmer (though in Zones 7-8 it can sometimes reappear given adequate winter protection).

How big does Pennisetum get?

Easy to Grow and Enjoy

Botanical Name Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum
Common Name Purple fountain grass or red fountain grass
Plant Type Annual in cold climates
Mature Size Height of three to five feet with a spread of two to four feet
Sun Exposure Full sun

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