Pennisetum 'Red Head'

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'
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Features to Note


5 - 9

Mature Height

5 Feet

Mature Width

5 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
5 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


If you're looking for something that's colorful, hardy, easy to maintain, can help control erosion, and displays multi-season interest, try ornamental grasses, specifically this stunning Pennisetum 'Red Head'. Deep purple buds mature to smoky purple plumes that grow up to 8 to 10 inches long. It will begin to show those huge bottlebrush plumes in mid to late summer. The long thin foliage is a lovely green but will produce gold tones as the weather cools during the fall. Not to mention it is deer resistant so you can rest easy that pests typically won't bother it. The combination of beautiful foliage and flower will be show stopping in your landscape for months on end.

Pennisetum prefers to be grown in rich loamy soil with good drainage and full sun or light shade. However, it will grow in rocky or sandy soil as long as it remains fairly moist.

However you use it in your garden you'll love the texture, movement, and color this stunning ornamental grass provides. Add it to your landscape plans today!


Genus: Pennisetum
Species: alopecuroides
Variety: 'Red Head'
Item Form: 2-Quart
Category: Grasses
Bloom Season Start: Mid Summer
Bloom Season End: Late Summer
Bloom Color: Maroon
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 5
USDA Zone High: 9
Uses: Beds, Border, Foliage Interest, Ornamental
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, PR, VI
Discount Exempt: No



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