Photo by taken at Walters Gardens, MI
Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'
Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass
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Item #: 184
Zones: 6a to 8a, at least
Height: 36" tall
(USPP 12,909 expired) This selection of the deer-resistant Pennisetum orientale was discovered in 1995 by David Skwiot of Connecticut's Sunny Border Nurseries. Pennisetum 'Karley Rose' (named after David's daughter) stood out from all the other plants in a block of Pennisetum orientale seedlings for darker green foliage with a much taller and more upright habit. I really love this fountain grass and even after growing it for over 15 years, still hold it in very high esteem. For us, the lovely reddish-pink plumes top the clump starting in late May, but further north the plumes don't peak until early to mid-August. Trials have revealed that Pennisetum 'Karley Rose' is also much more winter hardy than typical Pennisetum orientale. It's not hard to say enough good things about Pennisetum 'Karley Rose'.
Bloom Time: Summer
Container Role: Fillers