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Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'

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Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass (Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' flowers

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' flowers

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Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass (Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

Fluffy pink seed heads rise from fine textured foliage on this particularly hardy variety of perennial fountain grass; makes a beautiful accent in the garden and in containers

Ornamental Features

Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass features showy plumes of pink flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

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.

Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in 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 somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. 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.

Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. 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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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features