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Princess Caroline Purple Fountain Grass - Pennisetum - 1 Gallon Pot
Finally, a hardy purple fountain grass! Developed by a program at the University of Georgia, Princess Caroline Fountain Grass is an easy to grow, moderate to fast-growing perennial grass in USDA Zones 8a through 10b that features intense purple-maroon foliage summer to frost on large and impressive mounding plants with arching foliage. Unrivaled texture and color among perennial grasses! Get all the details below

Princess Caroline Purple Fountain Grass - Pennisetum - 1 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 1 GALLON POT


Princess Caroline Fountain Grass  
Pennistum purpurium 'Princess Caroline'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-10b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Zone 8a, where this Pennisetum variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring. 



Special Attributes

Finally, a hardy purple fountain grass! Developed by a program at the University of Georgia, Princess Caroline Fountain Grass is an easy to grow, moderate to fast-growing perennial grass in USDA Zones 8a through 10b that features intense purple-maroon foliage summer to frost on large and impressive mounding plants with arching foliage. Unrivaled texture and color among perennial grasses!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide in an elegant mound of wide, dark purple arching leaves, 'Princess Caroline' Fountain Grass is a superb accent, grouping or natural hedge for summer color in the sunny landscape borders or large containers. A fine addition to ornamental grass gardens and the texture and color provides wonderful contrast when used beside brightly colored flowers, leafy shrubs, trees, and perennial plants. Especially attractive around boulders and bodies of water. In zones where it's an annual, it makes a great centerpiece or background plant in annual flower beds. 

Spacing:  30 inches apart for mass plantings; 5 feet or more apart for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

Princess Caroline Fountain Grass is easy to grow when planted right, and in the right spot. It adapts to most soil types, provided the soil is well drained, and likes full sun to mostly sun. It's drought tolerant when established, however will appreciate some water during extended periods without rain. As with many other plants, a constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. Cut foliage back to the ground before new growth begins to emerge in early spring.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Pennisetum Fountain Grasses.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Perennial Grass - Annual in zones north of 8a
Height at Maturity:  4'
Width at Maturity:  3'
Spacing:  30" for mass plantings, 5'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Grassy, Upright, Arching
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  NA
Flower Size:  NA 
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Purple, Maroon
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Afternoon Sun w/Morning Shade, Morning Sun w/Afternoon Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay(amended), Loam, Sandy(amended), Silty(amended)
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-Drained to Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.0 
Maintenance / Care:  Low 
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect



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