Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Purple Lea’ Swamp Foxtail Grass

A compact, clumping perennial grass with broad arching leaves and showy, purple feathery flowers through the warmer months. Great for mass planting, accent planting for rockeries and borders. Plumes suitable for dried arrangements. Note: This species can seed readily so remove the flower heads before they go to seed to prevent it self seeding.

Family:Poaceae
Scientific Name:Pennisetum alopecuroides
Cultivar:Purple Lea
Common Name:Swamp Foxtail Grass
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like
Height:0.6 ~ 0.7 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 0.8 metres
Flower Colour:Purple
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Mildly acid, Neutral, Mildly alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses:Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Lizards

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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