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Pennisetum alopecuroides Purple Lea

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D2, C7
Size: 5cm Tray of 36
Available: 4
$/Unit (EX GST): $107.73 inc GST
$/Unit (INC GST): $118.50 inc GST
Botanical Name: Common Names:
Pennisetum alopecuroides Purple Lea Fountain Grass, Swamp Foxtail, PA400,

Native: Foliage Type:
Yes Evergreen

Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Grasses, Strappy & Tufting Clumping, Tufting

Purple Lea® Pennisetum boasts feathery purple flowers that are showy and contrast with its full sized green foliage. It has a clumping growth habit with beautifully arching leaves. NOTE: Do not get this native Australian Pennisetum alopecuroides confused with the invasive African variety (P. setaceum). The native Australian varieties have a much wider plume than the exotic variety, and are non-invasive making them a safer choice. Size: 80 - 90cm high x 80 - 90cm wide. Uses: Mass or accent plantings for borders, rockeries and low maintenance gardens.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
60cm-1m 60cm-1m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Any

Landscape Use(s)
Borders / Shrubbery, Coastal Garden, Foliage Feature / Colour, Formal Garden, Low Water Garden, Mass Planting, Park And Gardens, Playgrounds, Rockery, Roundabouts / Splitters, Verge, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free

Cultural Notes: Water as required for 8-13 weeks until established. Plant in a well mulched garden (chunky mulch is recommended). Use slow release fertiliser in late winter. Trim back annually to 1/3 the size in late autumn to winter. Where it works: NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA, WA & TAS.

Plant Care
Low phosphorus slow release fertiliser

Family Name: Origin:
Poaceae Australia

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Purple
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Autumn
Fruit: Insignificant

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Low
Drought: High
Frost: High
Wind: High