Description: 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...
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Description:

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

BOTANICAL NAME: Pennisetum setaceum 'Cherry Sparkler'
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AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 60 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 45 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Pink
FLOWERING TIME: Late Summer to Mid Fall
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: 
WATER NEEDS: Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Deer Resistant

Ornamental Features

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 colour with prominent white stripes and tinges of pink throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

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;

  • Accent
  • 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 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.

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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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