Category: Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo Perennials
Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
On Oct 26, 2007, shazco from London United Kingdom wrote:
I have researched this plant and my info shows that this particular cultivar in not invasive. The seeds are sterile unlike most, if not all, of the other varieties. I intend to use this plant in Barbados and it is vital that it does not become a weed.
I planted a small clump 6x6 inches of red fountain grass and found that it grew to a height of about 4 feet tall. With proper handling and plant maintenance, it has not "spread" to any other parts of my yard or neighbors yard. I edge the base of the ground ball of the plant about every 6 months, it is a quick grower in height but not in width spread. It's pretty, dark cranberry red stalks with a hint of light tan grass at the base. The cranberry red and green seed (or bloom wisps) blow in the wind and give a slight rustling sound that I find soothing.
On May 12, 2005, Judy81350 from Queen Creek, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:
This plant is a real gem for added background landscaping. . I never water it and it seems to do quite nicely. The seasonal rains seem to do it quite nicely also. It seeds itself very well. Very hardy in zone 9a.
06/11/05: I changed the rating from positive to negative because I just learned that this grass is a noxious weed in Arizona and other places. There is a group of people who go around pulling this grass out anywhere they find it. It is requested that we pull out this grass if we have it in our yards or if we see it along roadsides. It is not native to Arizona and chokes out the native vegetation.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Phoenix, Arizona Queen Creek, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona Castro Valley, California Palm Springs, California San Bruno, California Big Pine Key, Florida Hollywood, Florida Inverness, Florida Labelle, Florida Oak Ridge, Florida Sebring, Florida Titusville, Florida Elephant Butte, New Mexico Missouri City, Texas Shady Hollow, Texas Clarksville, Virginia