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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Purple Fountain Grass






Family: Poaceae
Botanical name: Pennisetum advena
Common name: purple fountain grass
Origin: North Africa and Asia

This post is dedicated to Ms Carol of Flower Hill Farm , the first commenter of my previous post, "Where Am I Planted ?". The deer and fawns she is featuring in her latest blog post are so cute, gentle and such a dear! What a joy to visit.

Photographs taken by Autumn Belle at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama
Grateful thanks to Dr. Francis Ng of The Secret Garden of 1-Utama.
You can visit Dr. Francis Ng's blog here.
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  1. I suppose there's nothing wrong with purple fountain grass in and of itself, but we sold so much of it where I used to work that I grew to really hate it.

    You make it look nice in the pictures, though.

  2. I think the grass is very pretty and quite a contrast to the buildings in the background.
    Sunny :)

  3. Hello Autumn Belle,

    Purple Fountain Grass is often found in the landscape areas in the Arizona desert. It holds up well to our heat and dry climate. I do love the beautiful purple plumes.

  4. I like it a lot. The texture and colour is a very satisfying sight in a long border. I had a single plant for one season but it didn't survive the winter. Nice to see Dr Ng's. Yan

  5. It does indeed look lovely in your photos. It's not winterhardy here so I don't grow it, because nurseries actually charge the same for this annual as they would if it were perennial. Your photos of it are terrific.

  6. I use it often in my commercial containers. for color contrast and it will be alive from Spring until the end of fall. It really holds up

  7. Dear Earlybirds: Mr Subjunctive, Sunny, Noelle, Yan, Jodi, With Seeds of Intention.

    Happy Morning to you all. I think many people, especially the older generation, will laugh at me if I plant grass, eventhough ornamental blooming grasses, in my garden. Many types of grasses are found abundantly and growing wild in the jungle and countryside here. We also worry about the grass clump attracting undesirable wildlife like snakes, aligators, and other reptiles, hiding under those dense foliage. Many garden consultants and writers are trying to educate our public to like ornamental grass. I see more fountain grass at photo shoots of weddings than in real life.

    In the pictures here, the grass is growing on a rooftop garden. It is a special feeling seeing those beautiful grass 'hanging in mid air' among the skies.

  8. Hello Autumn Belle and Happy New Year. We love the purple fountain grass in our garden... the color complements so many of the plantings.

  9. great series of pics. hopefully i could visit this secret garden someday.

    Happy New Year!

  10. Great pictures! a fantastic garden!
    Happy WW! :-)

  11. What a wonderful grass! I like how landscapers use them to beautify a garden or office landscape. When the wind passes through, it is nice to watch them sway.

  12. Hi everybody here. Thanks to Mr_Subjunctive, Noelle, With Seeds of Intention, i realized that these grasses have commercial value in other parts of the world. I agree with Autumn Belle that in the tropics like the Philippines and Malaysia where we are from, these grasses grow abundantly in marginal areas. Old generation will laugh at our gardens if this grow there, meaning our gardens are neglected. Moreso if we will plant it intentionally, we will be like aliens, lol. These are colonizers so if left untended for awhile while become problems. Though i agree with you all, they make beautiful contrasts. If planted in rooftops of temperate countries they are exotic species. Whatever, anything designed for purpose have higher values! Thanks Autumn Belle for putting emphasis for an unwanted species in the tropics.

  13. I'm speechless! You made the wild purple fountain grass stands out with class against the background. TQ

  14. I've seen them around here, but never knew it's name. I just love taking photos of them, though, they are so beautiful.

  15. I've been incorporating more grasses into my landscape because they don't require as much water, and I love the contrast in texture that they provide. Even though it's humid in Florida and we usually have adequate rainfall--though not daily--the evaporation rate is rapid, and the soil is sandy, absorbing the water quickly. That rooftop garden is a beauty! I'll bet it's a joy to the people occupying the building.

  16. I love this grass only its not hardy here so we have to use it just in the summer/autumn months. Lovely to see it in these beautiful settings.

  17. Anything purple is a winner in my book! Very beautiful pictures, Autumn Belle! I loved the story you shared on my blog about the dried flowers in your friends cereal, LOl.

  18. I see this grass all the time and it's lovely. I really like it and what it brings forth towards other foliage as well. I also like the stone path around the grass. Wonderful shots.

  19. Beautiful grass... similar version to very own "lalangs". I am sure the seeds will be blown far and more and more of these will grow.

  20. Thank you Autumn Belle! I am sorry to be so late to visiting this post. I love the contrast of the hard cold buildings to the flowing quality of the grasses. Lovely colors and photos! Carol

  21. I really amazed about this discovery. Purple fountain grass!
    And all the while, I thought it is a common weed that no one ever bothered to note it when it grow wildly in every corners.

    I even thought that this is an evidence where a patch had not cultivated for a garden.
    How wrong am I!

  22. Thanks everyone for your nice comments. Whenever I see this fountain grass, I am reminded of wedding photographs. This purple fountain grass is indeed special and very different from the usual green ones I see around town or the countryside. I still wonder if anyone grows them in their own gardens in Malaysia.


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