SOLVED: what is it? grass

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

I thought i had a red fountain grass, but it can't be because it thrives in zone5a. I started to trade it! OOOOPPPPPPPPPSSSSSS D.G. plant files did not work for me.
It is the most beautiful grass I have seen. It is shapped like a full round ball. It is dense. I can not see through it. It is bigger than me, I am 5'2". It looks like it is floating on my lawn in a pinkish red pastel hue. It does not spread. The base just get wider. It has a tight tough shallow root system. It is very difficult to divide. The base is about 3 foot in width. The roots are bulbish, like green onions. It gets a lot of compliments and is the show place plant in my yard.

HELP Rachel no image, sorry no digital camera

Port Saint Lucie, FL(Zone 9b)

Rachel,

Hard to indentify with no picture. Did you try this link? http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/51722/

Seems to be some grasses here for your zone.

John.

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

I tried DG's plant file. The description for red fountain grass says it is 2'-3' and not able to live in Indiana's cold climate . It is taller than me and I am 5'2". Plus it thrives in zone 5a.

HELP

I started trades and need to let people know what it really is!

rachel

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

Does it look like this http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/02317.html

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

thanks calalily,
That grass is beautiful,but it is not mine. wish i could post a picture of mine , but the plant is dormate and does not look like much of anything. I have roots now. would they help>

Port Saint Lucie, FL(Zone 9b)

Rachel,

This link list the grass that is in your zone. It gets to 6 feet tall, and is hardy up to zone 5.

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Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

ground up,
zone 5, aver 5 foot tall-we are getting close to an ID. thanks but thats not my plant. mine is more a mounding fountain plant that creates a ball shape. it is dense and hard for me to see through.

please try again

rachel

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

hey ground up, I am having trouble with that last hyper link. it takes me to a catcus ID thing. help
rachel

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

ground up

the feather reed grass is very close. But it is an upright grass. This one does a graceful fountain ball naturally. Try again?

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Themeda triandra, growing throughout Africa, grows to 1.5 metres or 5 feet. it grows in mountainous areas which are said to be shorter, but is a possiblilty if from one that is geneticaly tall. Mountains in Africa can have quite low temperatures. It says becoming more popular.

Well, it is red!

http://www.plantzafrica.com/planttuv/themedatri.htm

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Here is a long list of grasses, descriptions but no pics

http://www.plantguide.org/grasses.html

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Red Head Fountain Grass, it has flower spikes on 4' tall plants, and plants 4' wide.

Is this the plant you thought you had?

http://www.parkseed.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=10101&catalogId=10101&langId=-1&mainPage=prod2working&ItemId=47509&scChannel=Top%20Ten%20Ground%20Covers

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

thanks wallaby!
African grasses, I never would have thought of it. Let me read more closley and think about it.

smiles, Rachel

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

This is the Red Fountain Grass

http://www.plantsafari.com/Catalog2/Detail/00884.html

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

wow wish that long list of grasses had pictures. the top of the red head grass is not right. i am going outside to see what is left from my plant. There is not much to it now because of the winter.
back soon

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

There is always Miscanthus, this one ferner Osten, red feather heads


Notice the Red Fountain Grass is originated from Africa

http://www.parkseed.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=10101&catalogId=10101&langId=-1&mainPage=prod2working&ItemId=49571

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Miscanthus Purpurascens says 'to 4' here', which mean taller elsewhere, leaves turn red when frosts hit and is one of the hardiest

http://www.magma.ca/~reilly/galleries/galleries/grass1.html

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

found a couple of beat up tops. they are 8 inches long. then delicate branches, about 4 inches long protrude off along the center. hope this helps

rachel

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Panicum Shenandoah, a bit upright but red, says 4' but these heights tend to be underestimated, hardy zone 4

http://www.saundersbrothers.com/Catalog/OrnamentalGrasses/Shenandoah.htm

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Rachel, are the leaves red or the flowers or both? The flower head sounds like a Miscanthus

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

I like that Japanese sliver grass. I may order some.

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

I think I have it, it's in a pot in a shady place, needs to be in the sun in ground. The seed heads are a nice silvery purple, I got mine for 10 pence ($0.17) when B&Q were moving.

The photo is a bit overcoloured

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

This list has pics

http://www.saundersbrothers.com/Catalog/Complete3.htm

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

the leaves are green the heads are pinkish red pastel

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

the grass is shapped like the dwarf fountain grass on RCG. but mine is huge

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Sounds more like a Miscanthus than a Pennisetum. The Pennisetum have narrower seed head normally, miscanthus have the hanging bits off the sides. Look for a seller with lots of Miscanthus.

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

i added the grass list with pictures to my favorites for later reference, thanks

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

mesage at 2:26

That is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If the zones and the rest check out that is.

what is the grass called?

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Miscanthus

http://www.bluestem.ca/miscanthus.htm

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

More.........

http://www.tripleoaks.com/grasses/miscanthus.html

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

my plant has the pink hue in the middle of hot summer, before frosts

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

That could be due to dryness, are you in a dry area? There could be one with a pinkish hue, but most I have seen are green. Mine does get a bit of a pinkish flush, poor thing is suffering.

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

Miscanthus sinensis"gracilliums" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

do you know its zones, just to double check

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

No, but many are quite hardy, the one above is to zone 4. can search though, someone will give it, if not DG!

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

suffering? All this time I thought it was happy. I give them more water this year. Do you have any tips to share about it?

Greenfield, IN(Zone 5a)

I am zone 5a so thats it!

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Zone 5

http://www.fernlea.com/gorgeousgrasses/variety/gracillimus.html

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Mine is only suffering because I still have it in a pot under the edge of a Horse Chestnut tree, waiting for a space! it needs to be in the ground, hopefully that will happen this year.

They are generally pretty easy, drought tolerant, if it doesn't all die back you can give it a haircut before new growth

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