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Grown for their linear leaves and feathery, spikes, Pennisetum are used in mixed borders, and once cut used commonly in both fresh and dried flower arrangements. They grow best in moist, yet well drained, fertile soil in full sun. Cut back top dead growth by early spring, and protect from frost with a dry mulch in winter. Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Baron' produces spiky, dark purple flower spikes from July to September
Cultivar: Purple Baron
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to prune: February to March
Flowering period: July to September
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