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Burgundy Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass

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A fine textured dwarf fountain grass suitable for smaller areas; green foliage develops striking red tips, and matures to burgundy in fall; blooms are large bottle brush like cream plumes that persist until winter; great in patio containers or rock garden

Characteristics

Species:
alopecuroides
Average Landscape Height:
16 inches
Average Landscape Width:
16 inches
Genus:
Pennisetum
Cultivar:
Burgundy Bunny
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Period:
in mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
burgundy
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Burgundy Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass has masses of beautiful plumes of creamy white flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves are green in color with prominent dark red tips. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Burgundy Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Burgundy Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Burgundy Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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