Fireworks Fountain Grass

Pennisetum advena

Growing Zone 3-8
  • Height:       36″
  • Width:        18-24″
  • Spacing:    18-24″
  • Location : Full sun to
  • Water:
  • Fertilizer: Average
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Description

Colorful, upright growing grass with variegated stripes of white, green, burgundy and hot pink running the length of the blade. Purple tassles appear in summer. Unlike the species, this cultivar does not reseed. Plant as a specimen or en masse for a stunning display of color. A great addition to containers and beds near your patio or deck. Growing in clumps, this warm season herbaceous grass remains evergreen in mild climates, but will die back to the ground in cold conditions. It can grow 24 to 30 inches tall and wide.The narrow leaves of ‘Fireworks’ are variegated with white and green near the base but have strong red, hot pink, and cream variegation along their length, with a burgundy midvein. The new growth is most vibrant, with the colorful stripes eventually maturing to a rich shade of burgundy. The overall color of the foliage is lighter than red fountain grass (Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’). Showy reddish-purple, foxtail-like inflorescences appear in mid- to late summer above the foliage, adding color and motion to the landscape. These bottlebrush plumes eventually age to a tan color. It does not set viable seed.Use ‘Fireworks’ in beds and borders for contrast in color to green plants and for a contrast in texture to mounded or clumping plants; in masses for a stunning display of color; or as small specimen plants. It creates seasonal interest in cottage gardens or rock gardens.