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Pure magic. Site Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass so that the sunlight will stream through its fluffy pink plumes, and you’ll be captivated. Its precious plumes are as soft and as cute as kitten tails, and they radiate light when planted strategically. Karley Rose begins its show in late spring—much earlier than other Fringes—and continues to impress all summer and into fall. Use this charmer as an accent in the landscape beds around your home, or employ a row of plants to create a luminous low border you can view from your deck or patio.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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There are many types of Fountain Grass, but Oriental Fountain Grass was kind of an undiscovered gem until Karley Rose came along. It’s hard to believe this beautiful species didn’t catch on sooner. Oriental Fountain Grass certainly isn’t a rare Fringe—its huge native range spans from central Asia to the Middle East. But when Karley Rose’s extra-large, extra-full, and particularly deep pink plumes appeared, people finally began to take notice. Connecticut nurseryman David Skwiot discovered the special plant as a chance seedling in 1994 and named it after his daughter.
Calling all floral designers! Karley Rose Fountain Grass plumes make fun additions to both fresh and dried arrangements. The silky-soft kitten tails make a wonderful contrast to spiky foliage and rounded flower heads. Put a vase of Karley Rose plumes near a sunny window and watch the bouquet light up like a sparkler.
How to Grow
Karley Rose Fountain Grass is a fast-growing Fringe that favors a warm, sunny site and well-drained soil. Do not overwater or over-fertilize, as either of these excesses can cause this Fringe to flop. Karley Rose will temporarily flop during a hard rain, but as soon as the plant dries off, it will pop back up again, good as new. In early spring, shear the old foliage a few inches from the ground to make way for bright new growth when warm weather arrives.
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