Ron says this is Monkey grass!

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  1. Ronni

    Ronni Hardy Maple

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    I have always understood Monkey grass to be a low-to-the-ground ground cover. This is definitely NOT low to the ground!

    Who’s right???

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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I once had a plant like this in my garden, its Latin name was--Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I agree with Sjoerd... Monkey grass is a low growing mound with no purple leaves..
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    We call it Purple fountain grass. Sjoerd has the correct Latin name for it.
     



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    mart Hardy Maple

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    It is fountain grass not monkey grass !
     
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    Ronni Hardy Maple

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    Thank you all!! What do we do with it in the winter? I’m guessing it will die back, but do we just trim it back as well?
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The best time to trim back Fountain grass is in late winter when it isn't actively growing. It will come back again in spring.
     
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    carolyn Strong Ash

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    make sure you keep it watered during the Winter though. even though it is dormant it still needs moisture. if it freezes dry it will kill it, too.
     
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    Ronni Hardy Maple

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    Thanks guys!
     
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