pennisetum alopecuroides 'prairie winds®' (desert plains fountain grass)

Size: 1 gallon

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  • the narrow green foliage forms an upright vase shaped clump
  • improved habit, flowering performance, and fall colour over 'cassian' and 'hameln'
  • tips of foliage begin to turn deep red midsummer and transitions to shades of orange and gold in fall
  • large purple showy bottlebrush plumes emerge in early fall and age to tan as season progresses
  • bloom time: early fall
  • warm season grasses are much slower starting in the spring
  • they do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer
  • they flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter
  • most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions
  • zone 5 
  • height 90-120cm 
  • spread 90-120cm 
  • colour brown
  • grows best in a moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to light shade
  • if planted in too much shade this grass will not flourish and may not flower
  • foliage should be cut back to about 10 cm in early spring to allow for new growth
  • pennisetum desert plains will not reseed
  • full sun
  • deer resistant 
  • heat tolerant
  • low maintenance
  • rock garden