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Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' (Fountain grass 'Sky Rocket')

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket'

Other names

Fountain grass 'Sky Rocket', African fountain grass 'Sky Rocket', Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' (Celebration Series), Purple fountain grass 'Sky Rocket'

Genus

Pennisetum Pennisetum

Variety or Cultivar

'Sky Rocket' _ 'Sky Rocket' is a clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass, often grown as an annual, with flat, linear, upright to arching, green- and white-striped leaves and, in summer, narrow, soft, long-bristled panicles of silvery, pink flower spikelets, gradually fading to pale brown.


Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Arching, Upright

Flower

Pink, Silvery-grey in Summer

Foliage

Striped, White, Green in Spring; Green, Striped, White in Summer; White, Striped, Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' (Fountain grass 'Sky Rocket') will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Planted in groups, Prairie planting, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in light, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. May need winter protection in colder areas.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket'

Other names

Fountain grass 'Sky Rocket', African fountain grass 'Sky Rocket', Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' (Celebration Series), Purple fountain grass 'Sky Rocket'

Genus

Pennisetum Pennisetum

Variety or Cultivar

'Sky Rocket' _ 'Sky Rocket' is a clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass, often grown as an annual, with flat, linear, upright to arching, green- and white-striped leaves and, in summer, narrow, soft, long-bristled panicles of silvery, pink flower spikelets, gradually fading to pale brown.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Arching, Upright


Colour

Flower

Pink, Silvery-grey in Summer

Foliage

Striped, White, Green in Spring; Green, Striped, White in Summer; White, Striped, Green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' (Fountain grass 'Sky Rocket') will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Planted in groups, Prairie planting, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in light, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. May need winter protection in colder areas.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Pennisetum setaceum 'Sky Rocket' (Fountain grass 'Sky Rocket')

Common pest name

Rice leaf nematode; Strawberry crimp disease nematode; White tip nematode; White tip nematode of rice

Scientific pest name

Aphelenchoides besseyi

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Damaging nematode affecting rice crops and strawberry production in warmer climates; could potentially present a threat to strawberry production and ornamental production in protected environments. But modern production practices seem to reduce likelihood of impacts. Pest is also regulated at EU level; which reduces likelihood of entry.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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