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Graceful Grasses® Vertigo® Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum purpureum

(7 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
96" 36"
Height
48 - 96"
Spread
24 - 36"
  • Details

    Features

    These COLORS never fade.

    Large grass that is a great architectural element in the garden. The spiky foliage has presence.

    Award Winner
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Grass: 
    Grass

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    48 - 96 Inches
    Spacing: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Shade: 
    None
    Foliage Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Shade: 
    Black/Purple
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller
    May Be Aggressive: 
    May Be Aggressive

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Grass
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    This grass will beautify your garden all summer.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    In almost all areas it will be an annual grass. Once the grass turns brown in the fall you can cut it back to the ground whenever you would like.

    Vertigo is a warm-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than 15 degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.

    In areas where winter temperatures remain above 15 degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Warm-season grasses won't start growing until mid to late spring or even early summer. Their major growth and flowering happens when the weather is hot. They will usually turn shades of brown for the winter.

    Cut back warm season grasses in fall or by mid to late spring. Warm season grasses turn shades of brown as the weather turns colder. Once your warm season grasses turn brown you can trim them back at almost any time. If you like to tidy your garden in fall or if you live in an area where fire can be problematic trim warm season grasses so they are just a few inches tall.

    If you live in an area where fire generally isn't a problem you can leave the dried grasses and seed heads in your garden for winter interest. Snow or ice encrusted ornamental grasses can be quite beautiful.

    If you leave the trimming until spring try to make sure to cut them back to the ground (you can leave a couple of inches) by late spring, before new growth begins.

    Not all ornamental grasses look good through the winter, trim back those that don't look good in the fall.

    Divide warm season grasses anytime spring through mid-summer. All ornamental grasses should be divided when they are actively growing but not while they are flowering. If the plants are dormant when they are transplanted they won't establish a good root system. Warm season grasses generally start growing in late spring or early summer and have their active growth period during the heat of the summer. Warm season grasses will tend to bloom in mid to late summer.

    This variety is especially dramatic in clusters, mass plantings, or along slopes. A favorite for fresh or dried arrangements. Pest and disease-free.

     

    Graceful Grasses® Vertigo® Pennisetum purpureum 'Tift 8' USPP 22,254, Can PBRAF
  • 7 Reviews

    • This is my 3rd summer growing Vertigo in containers. I use 5 very large pots approx. 6 feet apart to line the walkway to my home. I have not found anything I like to underplant (filler) with Vertigo. Nor am I fond of the containers using it as a "spike"…it is too beautiful and exceptional a plant to play second fiddle to anyone else. I am beginning to think it needs nothing. It is stunning on its own and never fails to draw comments and questions. I have a solar hummingbird light in each container and the night effect is very dramatic with the grass being backlit by light from the pond. Along with King Tut, this is one of the most stunning grasses to use in containerscaping.

      Anne Sikkema
      Canada
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Love this plant. Great in a container to add height and movement. Also great in the garden/flower bed!! I have this on my deck in a large pot with Star flower, Joseph's Coat, and white Superbelles. Beautiful. Also have it in the flower bed by the pool where it gets sun all day.

      Kelly S
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I have been so amazed at this grass all summer long. It is lovely, and is just beginning now to get a bit brown. I have it planted in a large reddish bronze coloured pot with a bright green potato vine, blue lobelia and red nemesia around the base. Lovely!! Have also grown a Proven Winners Supertunia (Vista Bubblegum) that has been absolutely spectacular!!!

      Kathy Gilligan
      British Columbia
      Canada
      6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This is just a damn cool plant!

      Amanda Thomsen
      7 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Glenn & Eileen Bradbury
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • It is so very beautiful! I love it and I feel so bad that it will not live thru the winter in New York State.

      Jeannie Reinhard
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Beautiful

      Rebecca
      Michigan
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
  • 74 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2013 Top Performer Erie Basin Marina
    2013 Leader of the Pack - Late Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2013 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2013 Top !0 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2013 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2013 Excellent Boerner Botanical Garden
    2013 Best of Breed North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2012 Hall of Fame Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2011 Top Performer Colorado State University
    2011 Grower Evaluation Top Performer Ohio State University - Columbus
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