Thursday, October 18, 2012

Is Purple Fountain Grass A Perennial?

Purple Fountain Grass - Pennisetum setaceum - is a perennial;  it can live for many growing seasons and it comes back every spring.  However, it is not cold hardy or winter hardy here in Utah.  That means that it won't survive the winter and it will die.  But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't grow it.  Think of it as you do your annual flowers or tender vegetables and replace it every spring.  Purple Fountain Grass is beautiful and waterwise!  It adds a dramatic touch to container plantings and waterwise perennial gardens.
Purple Fountain Grass - Pennisetum setaceum

Purple Fountain Grass (photo by Gerry Johnson)

1 comment:

  1. The purple fountain around our pond is supposed to be an annual but has come back for several years now. It's no longer purple, but it's still beautiful