Fountain Grass 'Red Bunny Tails'

Pennisetum messiacum

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pennisetum (pen-ih-SEE-tum) (Info)
Species: messiacum (mess-EYE-ah-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Bunny Tails


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)


Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fallbrook, California

Martinez, California

Santa Rosa, California

Galveston, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

No details have been posted.