Celebration Pennisetum – Ornamental Plant of the Week for

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Fireworks pennisetum (Photo by Allen Owings)

The Celebration series of purple fountain grass includes the well-known red-foliaged variety Fireworks and the lesser-know green and white variegated form called Sky Rocket, along with the white, green and pink variegated Cherry Sparkler.

These are annuals in north and central Louisiana but can be perennials in south Louisiana. The grasses need full sun and will be 4 feet tall in the landscape by fall. Planted in clumps of three to five, they can be used as a vertical focal plant in flower beds.

Flower plumes start midsummer and continue until first frost.

Irrigation requirements are minimum. There are no insect and pest issues with these new, unique fountain grasses.

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