‘Fireworks’ Fountain Grass
‘Fireworks’ Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) PP18504
This is why I love plants!
Like most mornings I grabbed a cup of coffee and headed to our sun room to read and enjoy my coffee. As the sun was coming up I looked outside and through the porch railing I see this spectacular display of red foliage being illuminated by the morning sun at a really interesting angle. I was really taken back by this display of red color and early morning sun so I grabbed my camera and out the door I went. These are the photos that I snapped of the ‘Fireworks’ Fountain Grass in my landscape.
You can see the sun shining brightly through this ‘Fireworks’ Fountain Grass. Pam and I were at one of the local nurseries this summer and these beautiful grasses really caught our eye so we bought five and added them to our landscape.
As I often do, I planted all five of them in an arc in the landscape. However, as I did a little research on this beautiful plant to write this article I learned that they are rated for zones 9a through 11b. On the plant tag no zone information was given. So as beautiful as these are, chances are they will not make through our Ohio, zone 5 winters.
That’s too bad, but I like them so much that I’d buy five new ones next year if I can find them. I’ll treat them much like I would an annual flower here in zone 5.
So, if you are in a warmer zone you should see if you can find this wonderful ornamental grass. If you are in colder zone you could plant them and treat them like an annual as I will do, should I be able to find them again next spring.
Why would any of us have trouble finding them? Because they are patented and you can’t just propagate them at will like you would many other plants. So that usually makes them a little more difficult to find because growers have to buy the small plants from a wholesale grower who is licensed to grow them. So that limits the number of wholesale growers who actually have them on hand to sell.
How do you know which plants are patented and which are not? Patented plants will have the plant patent information right on the plant tag like this; ‘Fireworks’ Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) PP18504. And somewhere on the tag it will say “Propagation Strictly Prohibited”.
In my Growing System, “Small Plants, Big Profits from Home” I explain in great detail about patented plants, what plants you are free to propagate, and where you can buy patented plants at really low prices to grow on and resell at a nice profit. Anybody can grow and sell a patented plant as long as they purchase the small plant known as a liner from a wholesale grower who is licensed to grow and sell that plant. At that point of sale the plant royalty is paid. It’s just that you cannot reproduce the plants that you buy. You can pot them up, grow them to a larger size and sell them at a profit. The royalties on patented plants are not that much, maybe 50 cents or a dollar. Some are even less than that!
However, don’t think for a minute that all of the good plants are patented. Nothing could be further from the truth! There are hundreds and hundreds of plants that you are free to propagate to your hearts desire. I’ve grown and sold thousands and thousands of non patented plants and the people just love them!
‘Fireworks’ Fountain Grass grows in zones 9a through 11b. It really needs full sun to look it’s best and will grow in variety of different soils. It grows to a height of 24″ to 30″ and for the most part is considered an annual, not a perennial.