Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’ is one of the stars of the Autumn garden. Suddenly in September its large clumps of grassy green foliage shoot upwards a mass of flowering spikes, from which emerge large bottle brush flowers of dark reddish brown. Each flower is surrounded by a fuzzy halo of paler bristles that capture the late season sunshine, or the morning dew or indeed the frosts, so beautifully. Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’ combines well with later flowering Heleniums such as H. ‘Little Orange’ and Persicaria amplexicaulis . It reaches a height of 1 metre and spread of 60cm. It needs a sunny spot in the border.