- Full Sun (6+ Hours Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 2.5 - 3 Feet
- Mature Width 2.5 - 3 Feet
- Growing Zones 5 - 9
Add the element of movement and sound to your landscape with a handsome Fountain Grass that sways gracefully in every breeze. Place Puppy Love where the morning and evening light will show off the beautiful foliage of dark green with burgundy accents that turns bronze in autumn. Very showy, dusky-red plumes with chartreuse overtones bloom in early fall. The seed heads and foliage of this Pennisetum alopecuroides add both fall and winter interest. They provide contrast of texture with other perennials and shrubs. It grows to a height of 30-36 inches.
Puppy Love Fountain Grass has an upright growth habit. It has very few pest or disease problems and is considered to be deer resistant. It has some tolerance of urban pollution. As a busy gardener you will love this low-maintenance plant that is native to the meadows and open woods of Eastern Asia. Because of its moderate size it is better suited to residential landscapes than other grasses. Use it in the role of ‘filler’ or ‘thriller’ in a combination planter. Grow it alone, or in the center of the pot with smaller plants and ‘spillers’ around it. Use it in the border, in mass plantings, or as a specimen or focal point. It is lovely in cut-flower arrangements. When dried, its flowers are very decorative.
Puppy Love Fountain Grass Care
Puppy Love is happy in loamy soil with good drainage because it doesn’t like standing water. (Planting in raised beds will ensure good drainage.) Ordinary garden soil is adequate as long as it is moist. Plant with its crown slightly above ground level to prevent crown rot. Water during drought conditions, otherwise 1-inch of water per week from rain or irrigation. Drip irrigation is perfect for grasses. It needs little fertilization and grows in poorer soils better than many other plants. It likes an acidic or neutral pH.
Clean up the grass in early spring before new growth. Use hedge shears and wear gloves to cut it back. It will be easier if you tie the grass first.
Puppy Love Fountain Grass Spacing
Plant near lady’s mantle (Alchemilla molis) and purple cultivars of Heuchera. Space your Fountain Grass 30-36 inches apart.
Puppy Love Fountain Grass Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9|
|Plant Type: Perennial Grass|
|Light Exposure: Full Sun|
|Mature Height: 2.5 - 3 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 2.5 - 3 Feet|
|Mature Spacing: 2.5 - 3 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): Red|
|Flower Description: Upright, bottlebrush-shaped|
|Bloom Period: Late Summer to Fall|
|Foliage Type: Herbaceous|
|Foliage Color(s): Dark Green with Burgundy Accent|
|Foliage Description: Lanceolate|
|Seasonal Interest: 4 Season Interest|
|Watering: Low to Moderate|
|Resists: Deer, Rabbit, and most Insects|
|Attracts: Bees, Butterflies|
|Features: Cut Flowers, Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance|
|Uses: Borders, mass plantings, containers, cut flowers|
|Brand: Proven Winners|
|Common Name: Puppy Love Fountain Grass|
|Other Name(s): Puppy Love Pennisetum|
|Scientific Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides USPPAF|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.