|Front view from street|
|Back view from front lawn|
I didn't plant this California perennial bunch grass - I inherited a few clumps of it with the house. I've been diligent about cutting it back in late winter and pulling out dead foliage to keep it looking good. It looks a bit scruffy immediately after being cut back but it recovers relatively quickly. Despite the deep reddish purple color of the leaves, its presence in my garden is relatively low key - until it blooms. In bloom, it can't be ignored. And it's almost as pet-able as a sleeping cat (without the claws).
|Pipig woken from her nap by a human with the urge to pet her|
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' grows best in full sun with moderate irrigation. It's perennial in USDA cold zones 8-11 or Sunset zones 8-24. It reaches 2-4 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. It's native to East Africa, tropical Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. It blooms from summer through fall.
See Loree's danger garden post for links to other gardeners showcasing their favorite plants this week.