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Pennisetum x advena Rubrum

African fountain grass

A colourful grass for summer and autumn

These are tender grasses and will need frost protection. They may be treated as an annual or grown in pots and moved to a warm greenhouse to overwinter

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Grass
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Season of interest Autumn, Summer
Flowering August - October
Evergreen No
Plant height 90 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 60 cm - 90 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Light sandy, Loam
Light exposure Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site City or courtyard garden, Cottage or informal garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio container plants