Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum')


Purple Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

  • A clumping accent grass with beautiful bronze-purple foliage
  • Attractive, colorful, feathery plumes
  • Very low maintenance
  • A beautiful addition to any size landscape
  • Equally at home in decorative pots

Purple Fountain Grass is a classic clumping accent grass featuring beautiful bronze-purple foliage topped off with burgundy-toned soft flower spikes that arch gracefully. These Pennisetum plants add a touch of elegance and color to any landscape whether planted as a specimen or in groups. Originally from tropical Africa, southwestern Asia, and the Arabian Peninsula, this Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' fountain grass is an excellent way to add quick annual color! The dramatic foliage is beautiful all year long, and it blooms from summer through fall. We like to plant them as a fluffy accent in dry landscapes, and they work wonders as an erosion control plant on slopes.

Purple Fountain Grass is adaptable to most soil types and prefers a spot in your yard that gets plenty of full sun exposure. A waterwise and easy care plant, once established, this Pennisetum will require little to moderate water use, so they are also an excellent choice for a rock garden or lined up against a light-colored stucco wall.

For additional guidance on where to plant these gorgeous grasses speak with our nursery pros. We offer free home and business landscape design consultations at our nurseries throughout Houston and will be glad to help you handpick the perfect trees and plants that will have your yard be the envy of the neighborhood, increase property value along the way!

We grow this Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ cultivar in our local climate, so they are ready to thrive and beautify your landscape today. Relax, and we will do all the landscape and design work! The Big Tex Nursery experienced, and professional planting crew ensures that the job gets done right every time!


Very showy ornamental grass

Purple and green foliage

Purple tinted plumes above mid-sized clumped grass

Non invasive growing habit