Pennisetum messiacum ‘Red Bunny Tails’

Red Bunny Tails Fountain Grass
Plant Type

Perennial, Grass



Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

18-30″ x 18-24″


Full to partial sun


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Spring, Summer

Special Features

Deer Resistant

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

4-12, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing, clumping, perennial ornamental grass to 18-30” tall x 18-24” wide. This attractive dwarf-growing warm-season variety forms a clumping mound of narrow, upright, burgundy-tinged green leaves accented with rabbit-tail-like, reddish-colored flower plumes that rise above the attractive foliage spring through summer. Well-suited as an accent or texture contrast to broadleaf shrubs and perennials, and is a great choice for planting in mass for medians or drifts. Prune to 4-6” in early-spring to encourage a strong flush of fresh new spring foliage. Prefers a well-drained soil, and while this variety can survive with light watering once established, a more robust-looking plant is achieved with moderate regular watering.  Thrives in a full to partial sun exposure. Deer resistant.

USDA Zone: 7-11
Sunset Zone: 4-12, 14-24


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