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Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny'

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Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny') at Gertens

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass flowers

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass flowers

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Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny') at Gertens

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  16 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Brand:  Gertens

Description:

A fine textured dwarf fountain grass suitable for smaller areas; green foliage develops striking red tips, and matures to burgundy in fall; blooms are large bottle brush-like cream plumes that persist until winter; great in patio containers or rock garden

Ornamental Features

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass has masses of beautiful plumes of creamy white flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves are green in color with prominent dark red tips. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features