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Ginger Love Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Ginger Love'

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Ginger Love Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Ginger Love') at Rice Road Greenhouses

Ginger Love Fountain Grass

Ginger Love Fountain Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Ginger Love Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Ginger Love') at Rice Road Greenhouses

Ginger Love Fountain Grass foliage

Ginger Love Fountain Grass foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


A fine textured, intermediate sized fountain grass; bright green foliage turns orange-red in fall; substantial, red bottlebrush plumes persist until winter; beautiful as a rock garden accent or massed in borders

Ornamental Features

Ginger Love Fountain Grass has masses of beautiful plumes of red flowers with creamy white overtones rising above the foliage in mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves are green in colour. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ginger Love Fountain Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

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.

Ginger Love Fountain Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Ginger Love Fountain Grass will grow to be about 26 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. 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 is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any 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.

Ginger Love Fountain Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features