Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass
Pennisetum 'Cherry Sparkler'
Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass foliage
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Height: 30 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
A showy variety of fountain grass used as a focal point in the garden or containers; an upright clump of green and white striped leaves, blushed with pink and rose, bearing purplish-pink bottlebrush flowers; may be treated as an annual
Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass has masses of beautiful plumes of hot pink flowers with tan overtones rising above the foliage from late summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive grassy leaves remain green in color with prominent white stripes and tinges of pink throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass is an herbaceous annual with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. 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.
Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
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 considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. 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.
Cherry Sparkler Fountain Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.