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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 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

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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