Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny' PP21917 Dwarf Fountain Grass

Take Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’, give its foliage red highlights in summer, add intense-burgundy fall color, and you’ve got a stunning new dwarf fountain grass named ‘Burgundy Bunny’. It grows in a compact one-foot mound. In summer, petite bottlebrush plumes rise a bit above the foliage. Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Burgundy Bunny PP21917 looks beautiful in containers, and it excites borders or foreground plantings. Its small size makes it an excellent ornamental grass for small spaces. Drought tolerant once established. Lorne Blackman of Walla Walla, Washington discovered this beauty, a natural mutation of Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’. Asexual propagation is prohibited, and tags are required with each plant.


  • Notable Fall Color
  • Growth rate: slow-medium
  • Grow in 1 or 2 gallon (larger sizes may take a long time to fill out)
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist; do not overwater
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, mealybugs, leaf spot, spidermites, spittlebugs, possibly chinch bugs during summer months
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly; do not overwater
  • Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.



  • Fabulous red foliage color
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Bottlebrush blooms emerge in midsummer and last well into winter
  • Great diminutive size for small patios, borders, masses and rock gardens
  • Performs well in containers mixed with taller grasses or perennials
  • Fine foliage looks attractive before blooms appear