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Scientific Name: Pennisetum massaicum 'Red Bunny Tails'
Pronunciation: pen-ih-SEE-tum mass-AY-ih-kum
Common Name: Red Bunny Tails
Family Name: Poaceae
Plant Type: Poales (grass-like), Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: Leaves to 45 cm long, green with burgundy highlights, ligules and auricles very hairy; inflorescence fluffy, silvery-red bunny tail-like.
Course(s): not used (on campus)

Habit: Arching, Upright
Form: Mounded
Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.4 - 0.7m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: Africa, Garden origin
Hardiness Rating: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Ground cover, Group or mass planting, Perennial border, Summer interest, Waterside planting
Additional Info: Google
Red Bunny Tails
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Grass-like
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Parallel venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Pubescent
Colour in Summer: Dark-red, Green, Green leaves highlighted with burgundy-red
Colour in Fall: Yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Attenuate
Bases: Sheathing
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Spike-like, Spikelet
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, Silver, Dark-red, (Silvery-red drying to tan)
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Fruit Type: Grain (caryopsis)
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: Oct, Sep
Additional Info: Not showy

Bark or Stem Colour: Red, Green

Pest Susceptibility: Deer resistant
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