The large plumes of ‘Red Head’ fountain grass are 8-10” long and 3” wide. Pink when they first appear, the plumes mature to smoky purple. They appear in mid- to late summer, earlier than most fountain grasses, and will add color as well as texture to the garden border. At 3-4’ tall and 3’ wide ‘Read Head’ is modest in size and can fit into a border or be used in a container. For a spectacular look, plant in large groups. In the fall the leaves turn gold, adding to the autumn display.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Plumes of pink flowers 8-10” long and 3” wide appear in mid- to late summer.

Foliage: Linear, arching deep green leaves that turn gold in fall

Size: 3-4’ H x 3’ W

Light: Full sun

Soil: Average, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 5-9

Care: Cut back in early spring

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Division in spring

Companion plants: Purple cone flower, garden phlox, hybrid asters, and sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.

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By Karen