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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Prairie Winds® Desert Plains'

Grass, Fountain


This large fountain grass makes a great focal point in a sunny landscape. It is easy to grow as long as full sun is provided. Many consider it to be the best hardy Pennisetum available today.

The finely textured, narrow, green leaves form a beautiful upright vase-shaped clump. Beginning in midsummer, the tips of the foliage begin to turn deep red and the entire clump transitions to shades of orange and gold in fall. Showy 5” bottlebrush plumes held above the foliage emerge smoky purple and age to tan.

Ornamental Grasses of the PRAIRIE WINDS® Collection add graceful texture and movement to the garden.  These varieties thrive in full sun growing conditions and are proven deer resistant.

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3-4 ft


3-4 ft

Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Grass, Fountain Growing and Maintenance Tips

Pennisetum prefers to be grown in rich loamy soil with good drainage and full sun or light shade. However, it will grow in rocky or sandy soil as long as it remains fairly moist. This grass resents having "wet feet".

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Prairie Winds® Desert Plains' Characteristics


  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Dried Flower
  • Mass Plant
  • Border
  • Specimen
  • Container

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Fall

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average