Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum)

Now available from tissue culture (micropropagation) produced by TQPL. available for 2007 plantings to Order.

Pennisetum setaceum rubrum


There is always a high demand for purple fountain grass. It has proved to be highly popular in USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and UK. Also sometimes known as red fountain grass,

Sells-On-Sight in UK garden centres whenever offered. You can always rely on an SOS plant!

It is an outstanding performer producing burgundy purple leaves crowned with foxtail flower plumes from purple to fawn.

The purple fountain grass is probably one of the best selling grasses in the market today.

It was described as the 'must have plant in 2004' by BBC TV Gardeners World team and was promptly sold out around the country.

This half hardy grass is usually grown as an annual but can be grown as a perennial with winter protection to produce larger plants each year. Use for landscaping or pot culture in sun or light shade.

Height 125cms x 35cms Flowering season June to September.

Extremely drought tolerant with arching habit, which makes it a very attractive choice as a specimen container plant.

Growers Technical information.

The rapid growth rate of P.setaceum Rubrum allows a number of marketing approaches. Plants can be established as liners or pots and sold for growing on.

Plants can be grown for sale in pots 1, 2 or 3 litre size or as specimen grasses.

Will grow in a range of soil types. Preferred soil pH 5.5-6.3 with heavy feeding regime according to condition. Constant moisture ensures good performance.

Under glasshouse or polytunnel conditions, good light is required to optimise the burgundy purple colouraton.

Plants can be established out of culture year round according to marketing. Spring and summer are peak growing times in the nursery , however plants can be established in the autumn or winter according to work demands and launched as larger specimens early in the following spring for summer display.

Overwinter at a minimum temperature of 8degC (46degF) and a slow growth regime.

Additional propagation by clump division can be carried out from established plants raised during the summer months under glass. Such a marketing approach is common in the USA where divided plants are sold to northern states and Canada for seasonal plantings at a higher premium.

It does not produce viable seed.


Tissue Cultured Plants.

Plants are available ex-agar (out of agar) with preconditioned in-vitro root initials. We have found this is the best stage for establishment at your nursery in your compost of choice. Provide humid conditions with additional polythene tenting according to facilities. Rooting will start immediately and humidity can be reduced within 2-3 weeks according to conditions. Treat as you would grass seedlings until established.

Plant size. 5cms minimum, each plant has an actively growing crown, making it easy to handle in the nursery. Cultures will grow as basal branching clumps readily achieving an attractive plant.


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