Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

October, 2006
Regional Report

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Ornamental Grasses
This Ornamental Grasses resource from North Carolina State Cooperative Extension is a compilation of excellent sites from N.C. State and across the country. It covers a multitude of species and varieties, making it fast and easy to learn about the many types of grasses available and how you can use them in your home landscape.

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Purple Fountain Grass
Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum cv. 'Rubrum') is an outstanding ornamental grass for the lower south. Its foliage is a deep reddish burgundy color and reaches a height of about 4 feet. Burgundy foxtail-like seed heads adorn the plants from late summer through autumn. This plant is a show stopper in the landscape and makes an excellent specimen plant. Give it full sun and moderate moisture for best color and vigor.

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