Common name: Rose Fountain Grass, Purple Fountain Grass 'Rubrum'
Plant Link: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/1491/
Love these grasses.. too bad they don't grow here in Alaska! Your pictures really show off the hairy fronds!
Does the ground ever thaw?
Most these grasses will go dormant in a very cold winter and come to life in the spring. I think you should give it a try.
Of course I was born and raised southern California, so what do I know *L*
Well, dovey, I'm a zone3, so I think it's way out of my league, but I'm ready to give anything a try.
Yes, I live in Southcentral Alaska in a little coastal town on the Kenai Peninsula called Seward: http://www.alaskatravel.com/seward/
Our winters are relatively mild compared to some northern areas. It seldom gets down below zero, but it can. The ground freezes by November and thaws again by April or May. However, our soil is very cool and we get a heavy annual rainfall.
I started some blue fescue last spring, since it was zoned for our area, and I grew some quaking grass that was listed as an annual. I know that we can grow some of the ribbon grasses, as well. I'm always willing to try something new, and these grasses are so beautiful!