Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) Winter Care

Many Vancouver Island grocery stores and other outlets were full of this fabulous grass over the 2016 summer, but it is not widely known that although a perennial grass, it is not hardy enough to survive freezing weather: therefore with our local conditions it should be treated as a tender perennial (so bring it indoors during winter) or like an annual which is replaced every year.

A potted specimen can be cut back to a few inches in the autumn and placed in a frost-free, cool and dry place with some light, with occasional water. Ideally the plant can be overwintered in a heated greenhouse, conservatory, or cool frost-free greenhouse.img_6343