Purple Fountain Grass - Knowledgebase Question

Waunakee, WI
Question by terryole
September 4, 2005
I purchased a Monrovia Purple Fountain Grass at our Home Depot. It is such a beautiful grass. The store personnel said it is only an annual plant. But inside your card attached to the plant under Key Benefits it states

Answer from NGA
September 4, 2005


Your store told you the right thing for your area. This grass, Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum, is technically a perennial but it is grown and sold as an annual in areas with cold winters like yours. It is only winter hardy in zones 8 to 11 (think Florida). I'm sorry if this is not what you were hoping.

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