Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass

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A Dwarf Sport of the Popular 'Little Bunny'
SKU 31557
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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

16 IN

Mature Width

16 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Moisture Level

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay, Poor

Description / Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass

Bring a blaze of long-lasting color to the sunny border, street planting, or patio container with Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass, a magnificent variegated fountain grass. This pennisetum delights year-round with its red-tinted foliage and soft "bunny tail" blooms.

New foliage emerges light green in spring, and almost immediately red tints and streaks begin to appear. By summer, it is a thoroughly variegated, bicolor foliage delight, standing upright and cascading outward in all directions with long, slender, pointed foliage. Just 12 inches high when out of bloom, this dwarf sport of the popular Little Bunny is a compact presence for the foundation, middle of the border, driveway planting, or any sunny, carefree setting.

The real fun begins in early summer, when cream-colored blooms arise on long, thin stems above the foliage. Extending this grass's height to about 16 inches, these "bunny tail" blooms stand out brilliantly against the bright red and green tones of the foliage. They last well into fall, and make splendid fresh or dried cut-flowers for the vase.

When the chilly fall weather arrives, the blooms burnish a darker shade of cream and the red tints in the foliage turn rich, blazing burgundy. Such a show—and it continues right into winter. After the flowers dry on the plant, birds can be seen perching atop them, picking out the seeds for a holiday treat. Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass will look good right through the new year in warm climates.

Just 16 inches wide, Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass, a dwarf ornamental grass, is compact enough for patio containers, with a dainty appeal from its slender foliage and airy, bobbing blooms. But don't mistake it for a delicate plant: this is a long-lived, very adaptable perennial grass, prepared to withstand heat, humidity, drought, and poor soil. Deer find it unpalatable and generally leave it alone, but birds adore it. Give it a late-winter trim and your maintenance is done for the year. What could be easier or more delightful?

Find a special place for Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass in your landscape, and begin enjoying the beauty of its rich variegation and long-lasting bunny tail blooms. Zones 5-9.

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Pennisetum
Species alopecuroides
Variety 'Burgundy Bunny'
PPAF PP21917
Product Classification Grasses, Perennials
Habit Dwarf
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Bloom Color Cream, White
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Mid Fall
Foliage Color Burgundy, Light Green, Red, Variegated
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fall Foliage Changes, Long Bloomers, Variegated
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Outdoor, Winter Interest
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI

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