I purchased 3 “Fireworks” from my local regional trusted nursery. I chose it as an understory for a beautiful Japanese Maple for it’s smaller size & variegation. While it is beautiful, it grew to over 5 feet tall (60 inches) then fell over. It was far too tall for the space where it was planted it, so we cut it back, dug it up and divided it in the fall. We potted it into 2 gallon nursery pots & nursed it thru the fall/winter/spring. . By August it was actively growing in the pots, and now I need to decide if a have another space for them (fence line? Barrier?) or sell them to a neighbor. Sadly, I don’t think it was mislabeled as I purchased 3 at the same time. Beware that this sport can grow MUCH taller than it says on the label.
Graceful Grasses® 'Fireworks' Variegated Red Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesI'll be a NEW COLOR for your PALETTE.
Colorful leaves.Award WinnerFoliage InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryGrass:Grass
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:TallGarden Height:24 - 30 InchesSpacing:24 - 30 InchesSpread:18 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Shade:PinkFoliage Colors:PinkFoliage Shade:MulticoloredHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:GrassUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Great in beds, along walkways, and on patios.Maintenance Notes:
'Fireworks' is a warm-season grass. Where temperatures get colder than 20 degrees F, the plants should be treated as annuals. Once the grass turns brown it can either be removed immediately or removed in the spring. It should not be expected to live through the winter and begin growing again in the spring.
In areas where winter temperatures remain above 20 degrees it should be considered a perennial and the following information should be useful. Warm-season grasses won't start growing until mid to late spring or even early summer. Their major growth and flowering happens when the weather is hot. They will usually turn shades of brown for the winter.
Cut back warm season grasses in fall or by mid to late spring. Warm season grasses turn shades of brown as the weather turns colder. Once your warm season grasses turn brown you can trim them back at almost any time. If you like to tidy your garden in fall or if you live in an area where fire can be problematic trim warm season grasses so they are just a few inches tall.
If you live in an area where fire generally isn't a problem you can leave the dried grasses and seed heads in your garden for winter interest. Snow or ice encrusted ornamental grasses can be quite beautiful.
If you leave the trimming until spring try to make sure to cut them back to the ground (you can leave a couple of inches) by late spring, before new growth begins.
Not all ornamental grasses look good through the winter, trim back those that don't look good in the fall.
Divide warm season grasses anytime spring through mid-summer. All ornamental grasses should be divided when they are actively growing but not while they are flowering. If the plants are dormant when they are transplanted they won't establish a good root system. Warm season grasses generally start growing in late spring or early summer and have their active growth period during the heat of the summer. Warm season grasses will tend to bloom in mid to late summer.
‘Fireworks’ Pennisetum is a new addition to the Graceful Grasses® collection, and was chosen for its color, texture and performance. ‘Fireworks’ is a pink and white variegated purple fountain grass with a strong upright, arching habit that prefers full sun. This variety will reach 24—36” in height and is sure to add strong fall interest to any landscape.Graceful Grasses® 'Fireworks' Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' USPP 18,504
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Jeanne, California, United States, 1 year ago
This is a gorgeous grass that I plant up near my dark foliaged, red celosia. They look amazing together and are extremely eye catching, even from the road. I highly recommend this grass.Ronni, New Jersey, United States, 2 years ago
I really love the texture and color of this grass, it looks so great with my dragon's blood sedum, especially when the sedum was in bloom. It is an annual here, I will definitely be buying this again next year and putting it in more places.Jody Holmvig, Minnesota, United States, 2 years ago
We have this growing on an enclosed front porch and it have done very well all year.Russell Studebaker, British Columbia, Canada, 11 years ago
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