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Puppy Love Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Puppy Love'

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Puppy Love Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Puppy Love') at River Street Flowerland

Puppy Love Fountain Grass flowers

Puppy Love Fountain Grass flowers

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Puppy Love Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Puppy Love') at River Street Flowerland

Puppy Love Fountain Grass in bloom

Puppy Love Fountain Grass in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Brand:  Walters Gardens


A fine textured, intermediate sized fountain grass; bright green foliage turns orange-red in fall; substantial, very dark red plumes persist until winter; beautiful as a rock garden accent or massed in borders; deadhead seed heads to avoid re-seeding

Ornamental Features

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

Landscape Attributes

Puppy 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.

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

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

Planting & Growing

Puppy Love Fountain Grass will grow to be about 30 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.

Puppy Love Fountain Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. 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