Grass, Purple Fountain


Description: Fountain grass (Pennisetum) is a mound-forming ornamental grass and a garden favorite, as the care of fountain grass is easy. The cascading leaves on this plant have a fountain-like appearance. Clump-forming grasses grow in mounds or clumps, making them ideal for many areas without becoming invasive.

Common Name: Purple Fountain Grass

Scientific Name: Pennisetum setaceum 'Atropurpurea'

Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass

Exposure: Full Sun

Size: Foliage height, 4' bloom height

Foliage Color: Purple

Bloom Color: Purple - cream foxtail-like seed heads

Bloom Period: Mid-Summer - First Frost

Landscape Use: Hedge, Back drop plant, next to Water Features, Wild Gardens, Perennial Beds

Soil: Well-Drained

Zone: 3 - 11

Growth Rate: Moderate

Companion Plants: Yellow, pink or silver plants, coreopsis, oak leaf hydrangea and coneflower

Maintenance: Cut back old foliage in early Spring. 


Kiefer Landscaping is based in Effingham, Illinois. Our landscapers also service the areas of Flora, Olney, Newton, Mattoon and Charleston. For any questions about our other services such as brick paving, lawn mowing, etc., please contact us at 217-347-7500 or email us at