A relatively new, variegated version of purple fountain grass called Fireworks has joined the henna coleus as one of the “Super Plants of 2015,” as designated by Louisiana State University’s Agricultural Center.
The LSU AgCenter’s Super Plants list highlights tough and beautiful plants with a proven record of performance in Louisiana growing conditions.
Fireworks is distinguished from other ornamental grasses by its colorful foliage, which includes burgundy, red, pink, creamy white and green. The plant’s feathery flower plumes are produced throughout the summer, beginning as a rosy tan that fades to tan.
Although generally considered an annual in Louisiana, Fireworks can return in the spring following a warmer winter. The drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants grow to about 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide, according to the AgCenter, and are a good choice for sustainable landscaping.