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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Last Saturday of Summer 2010 and the fate of Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @

Upright and arching, this graceful Purple Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum,' with its delicate plumes that stretch up and out is often used in clusters, mass plantings or along slopes. I like it to be showcased where it can be appreciated on its own. As seen (in the photograph posted above) in its placement next to my Acer palmatum, 'Shigitatsu Sawa,' the contrast of their textures and colors compliment each other. Some say when planted in clusters, the fountain grass provides privacy by creating a hedge. For an urban — New York City — terrace garden, I find it to do the same - even as a 'single' when planted in a beautiful container and placed on bamboo shelving which I've attached to my terrace wall to provide a shield from a voyeur neighbor whose bathroom window looks onto my terrace.

I hope to render these images into invitations, event program covers, and note-cards. Please continue to visit my web-site for details. As today is the last calendar day of summer, and my 'Rubrum' is not "winter-hearty" for the New York City temperature zone, I have to be vigilant about watching for the onset of frost, but right before that happens the purple grasses can be cut and used in flower arrangements.


  1. One of my favorite plants in the world. Texture, great color and form! Thanks for letting me know about your link to this post on Facebook.
    Shirley Bovshow

  2. And as I said to you on FB, thank YOU for "reminding" me of this great plant in your awesome post on red fountain grass!


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