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Pennisetum setaceum rubrum 'Fireworks'/Variegated Purple Fountain Grass

A container planting at the North Carolina Arboretum near Asheville, NC

Attractive flowers and foliage in late summer

Close-up image of red flowers

Red foliage and flowers

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Scientific Name: Pennisetum setaceum rubrum 'Fireworks'
Common Name: Variegated Purple Fountain Grass
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: Foliage is variegated with longitudinal stripes of white, green and burgundy, imparting a candy cane-like appearance to the new foliage. In bright sun foliage color fades and stems should be cut back in late winter as the new foliage will display the striking color combinations.