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Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’ (Oriental Fountain Grass)

Oriental Fountain Grass 'Karley Rose'

Pennisetum Orientale 'Karley Rose', Pennisetum Orientale, Oriental Fountain Grass 'Karley Rose'
Pennisetum Orientale 'Karley Rose', Pennisetum Orientale, Oriental Fountain Grass 'Karley Rose'

Animating your plantings with its nodding, intense smoky rose-purple fuzzy flowers, Oriental Fountain Grass ‘Karley Rose’ (Pennisetum orientale) is among the most beautiful and graceful ornamental grasses. Its showy flower spikes rise high above the foliage, arching upward or outward and cascading down the deep green foliage that rustles in the wind. Luckily, they can be admired over a long blooming season, which extends into fall. The attractive dark green foliage turns to a warm golden-tan color in fall and remains attractive well into the winter.

  • Typically grows in 2-3 ft tall (60-90 cm) sprawling tussocks of narrow green foliage, topped with soft, furry, bottlebrush-like flowers on arching stems from early summer until fall.
  • Welcomed in any garden style, it is versatile and can be used as a specimen plant, in groups, or en masse. It is ideal in borders, providing texture, color, and contrast. Excellent choice for containers, small gardens, or rock gardens. Flowers are excellent for cutting, fresh, or dried arrangements.
  • Performs best in full sun, in average, medium moisture, and well-drained soils. Tolerates part shade, but flowering will not be as colorful. Sandy loams with good drainage are preferred. Drought and deer resistant!
  • Cut back old foliage to the ground in late winter.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 4 - 10
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Poaceae
Genus Pennisetum
Common names Fountain Grass
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’ (Ornamental Millet)
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ (Fountain Grass)
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’ (Fountain Grass)
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Burgundy Bunny’ (Fountain Grass)
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’ (Fountain Grass)
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Desert Plains’ (Fountain Grass)

Recommended Companion Plants

Agastache rugosa f. albiflora (Korean Mint)
Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)
Dahlia ‘Mrs Eileen’
Sanguisorba obtusa (Japanese Burnet)
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ (Black-Eyed Susan)
Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (‘Autumn Joy’)
Geranium Rozanne (Cranesbill)
Dahlia ‘Moonfire’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass)
Anthemis tinctoria (Golden Marguerite)
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Zinnia elegans (Zinnia)
Monarda (Bee Balm)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 4 - 10
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Poaceae
Genus Pennisetum
Common names Fountain Grass
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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