care of purple fountain grass - Knowledgebase Question

Lacey, Wa
Question by garyltd
December 30, 2007
Should I cut back purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum rubrum. I have two and they look dead. It is cold here with occassional snow.

Answer from NGA
December 30, 2007


Pennisetum setaceum ?Rubrum?, or Purple Fountain Grass, is a tender ornamental that should be treated as an annual in your gardening region. I plant these in my Seattle area garden and have never had them return in the spring, even from seed. Plan on replacing these beauties each spring. Best wishes with your garden!

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