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Description for Pennisetum ruppellii
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 9-10 where it is easily grown as a perennial in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
Planting and care
They are usually shipped in the spring as bare roots when plants are fully dormant, well before they have leafed out. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll look like a bundle of sticks on arrival. Note, they are not deadÃ¢â‚¬â€simply dormant.If you are buying container-grown plants (vs. bare-root plants), plant them by May or early June for best results.
Caring for Pennisetum ruppellii
- Plants love waterÃ¢â‚¬â€but donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t drown them. That is, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like to sit in water, and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll die if the soil is too wet in winter. The ideal soil is rich and loose, with good drainage. One of the worst mistakes you can make is to not provide adequate drainage.Use mulch.
Typical uses of Pennisetum ruppellii
Special features: Specimen, group or mass. Attractive foliage and flower spikes of this ornamental grass provide excellent texture, color and contrast to borders, foundations and open areas.
Culinary use: leaves
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: na
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