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Pennisetum thunbergii - 'Red Buttons' (Fountain Grass)

Type Herbaceous flower, Grass, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Red Flowers (Summer late), Light green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Half hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Pennisetum thunbergii - Cultivation Notes

This mid sized clump forming grass grows in any fertile yet well drained or sandy soil in full sun. Plant with other grasses or in mixed borders to give autumn interest.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Pennisetum thunbergii:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Pennisetum thunbergii:

  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot
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