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    Pennisetum purpureum 'Tift 8'

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    Vertigo Fountain Grass (Pennisetum purpureum 'Tift 8') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Vertigo Fountain Grass

    Vertigo Fountain Grass

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    Height:  4 feet

    Spread:  3 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

    Other Names:  Purple Fountain Grass, Pearl Millet

    Brand:  Proven Winners


    A durable ornamental grass grown for its burgundy-green foliage that eventually matures to deep purple, forming a gracefully arching mound; will not flower in areas with frost; ideal for massing or containers

    Ornamental Features

    Vertigo Fountain Grass' attractive grassy leaves emerge grayish green in spring, turning burgundy in colour with pointy deep purple spines. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous deep purple in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Vertigo Fountain Grass is an herbaceous annual with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Vertigo Fountain Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • General Garden Use
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Vertigo Fountain Grass will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

    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. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. 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.

    Vertigo Fountain Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
    Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features

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