Pennisetum thunbergii 'Red Buttons'
fountain grass 'Red Buttons'
'Red Buttons' is a deciduous, perennial grass with bright green foliage turning yellow in autumn and light brown in winter. Dark red, bristly flowers are produced on fine stems from mid-summer to early autumn
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Pennisetum can be annual or perennial, evergreen or deciduous grasses, clump-forming or spreading in habit, with linear leaves and narrow flowering panicles with conspicuous bristles
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in a light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil. May need winter protection in colder areas
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Banks and slopes
- Flower borders and beds
Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring
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