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Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Baron'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Baron'

Plant details

Grown for their linear leaves and feathery, spikes, Pennisetum are used in mixed borders, and add a touch of drama to fresh and dried flower arrangements. Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Baron' produces spiky, dark purple flower spikes from July to September. It's the perfect backdrop to bold summer colours, and makes an interesting focal point in patio container displays. 

Grow Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Baron' in moist well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. Cut back dead top growth by early spring, and protect from frost with a dry mulch in winter. 

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Pennisetum

Species: glaucum

Cultivar: Purple Baron

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to prune: February to March

Flowering period: July to September

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