Fountain Grass
Pennisetum messiacum 'Red Bunny Tails'

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

Category
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color
Blue-Green
Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics

Water Requirements

Where to Grow

Height
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness
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

Danger

Bloom Color
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Red
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage
Grown for foliage
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Good Fall Color

Other details

Soil pH requirements

Patent Information

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