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Ornamental Grass, Pennisetum

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Gorgeous annual ornamental grass Long, slender, rich burgundy leaves.

Full Description

Long, slender, rich burgundy leaves. Smoky pink foxtails shimmer in the slightest breeze. Satisfying in both tubs and garden beds from spring through frost.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

14-16 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Borders, Container, Dried Flowers, Thriller

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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May 01, 2017

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Item 20015 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CA, CN, CO, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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Pennisetum: Potted Plant Annual

How to Sow and Plant

Pennisetum may be grown from potted plants.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with a rich, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 12-14 inches apart large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Water well.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Pennisetum is low-maintenance once established.
  • Cut seed heads for dried flower arrangements.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year, or you can also cut plants back and bring them inside for the winter to be planted again in spring.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36 inches
Spread
14-16 inches
Ornamental Use
Borders, Container, Dried Flowers, Thriller
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Red
Ornamental Grass, Pennisetum is rated 2.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never did grow, just dried up and blew away! I thought this was awfully expensive for what I got. Terrible
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lean on information Well whoever wrote this ad needs to kindly add a description of the plant that Burpee is selling.lol Size-height, etc. Not what the plant turns into. Also I don't think this plant is annual as it doesn't die off.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful & Dramatic Plant Although it took a while for this plant to take off in my Zone 5 garden, they are absolutely fabulous now (early autumn)! Mine have grown to about 4 1/2 - 5 feet, and have been terrific performers, adding much-needed color and dimension to my garden. I will definitely purchase these next year!
Date published: 2007-10-03
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