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Old 03-07-2009, 06:25 AM
 
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Home Depot sells this plant as a perennial, however if you google around you'll see that the plant doesn't survive winters (thus making it an annual) unless it is in zone 9-11.

I think San Antonio is considered zone 8b? Has anyone here tried Purple Fountain Grass? Is it an annual or perennial for you?
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:17 AM
 
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I have Purple Fountain Grass, and I guess you could call it a perennial if you are willing to cut back the "winter kill" and let it re-grow. At least that's what I do. It beats having to re-plant something every year.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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Can you explain exactly what/when you do? How many years have you had yours, how big is it?
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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When it appears dead in the winter, cut it down to about 6". It will return and grow.

Every 4 or 5 years dig it up and separate it into about four separate plants and transplant it.
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:46 PM
 
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what is the differance between the two??
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Old 09-11-2009, 03:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx.
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Purple Fountain Grass: What kind of outside light does it need. Part Shade, Full Shade, or Full Sun? And... What are the moisture requirements? Thanks.
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:55 AM
 
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Purple Fountain Grass: What kind of outside light does it need. Part Shade, Full Shade, or Full Sun? And... What are the moisture requirements? Thanks.
I bought three from Home Depot a couple of years ago and planted them in full sun. They have come back bigger each year, even with my not pruning them back. I have another one that is in part sun/part shade and it is also doing well. I watered them well this spring and they seem to have done just fine during the drought.
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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I planted mine around March 09, since then it has grown to 6x its original size. it gets watered at least once a week, it seems to thrive on the extreme heat. As far as sunlight, it gets south and east sunlight only.
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