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Purple Lea® Pennisetum is an Australian Native

Purple Lea® Pennisetum

Purple Lea® Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘PA400’ 

  • Australian Native with elegant purple flower heads
  • Friendly to native bushland
  • Great for attracting native birds

Description: Purple Lea® Pennisetum boasts feathery purple flowers that are showy and contrast with its full sized green foliage. It has a clumping growth habit with beautifully arching leaves. NOTE: Do not get this native Australian Pennisetum alopecuroides confused with the invasive African variety (P. setaceum). The native Australian varieties have a much wider plume than the exotic variety, and are non-invasive making them a safer choice. In ideal conditions this variety has the possibility to regenerate from seed (e.g. Northern NSW/QLD in warm/wet winters, wet areas and excessively irrigated gardens). It is not an invasive weed, however if you experience these conditions and prefer to avoid regeneration, remove spent flower heads as required and dispose of correctly.

Size: 80 – 90cm high x 80 – 90cm wide.

Planting Density: 2-6 plants per m², 1-2 plants per linear metre.

Uses: Mass or accent plantings for borders, rockeries and low maintenance gardens.

Position: Full sun to part shade. Purple Lea® Pennisetum suits sandy to heavy clay soils. Tolerates frost and drought.

Care: Water as required for 8-13 weeks until established. Plant in a well mulched garden (chunky mulch is recommended). Use slow release fertiliser in late winter. Trim back annually to 1/3 the size in late autumn to winter.

Where it works: NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA, WA & TAS.

Top Purple Lea® Wholesale Growers

Some of the top wholesale growers listed below do also sell retail, those marked as Trade Only will not, all others will sell direct to the general public.

Grower Location Phone Email
Alpine Nurseries
(Trade Only)
DURAL 02 9651 0900
Kathmar Orchids
(Trade Only)
GLENDALE 02 4951 8550
Andreasens Green Wholesale Nursery
(Trade Only)
KEMPS CREEK 02 9826 1911
Burbank Nurseries KANGY ANGY 02 4353 1137
Bluedale Wholesale Nursery
(Trade Only)
WAUCHOPE 02 6586 0100
Grower Location Phone Email
Greenstock Nursery
(Trade Only)
ELIMBAH 07 3204 4522
Grower Location Phone Email
Coromandel Native Nursery COROMANDEL EAST 08 8388 2777
Grower Location Phone Email
Tall Trees
(Trade Only)
BALNARRING 03 5983 0166
Alliance Seeds
(Trade Only)
THE BASIN 03 9761 0906
Urban Environments
(Trade Only)
BELGRAVE 03 9754 3197
Prestige Plants
(Trade Only)
KINGLAKE 03 5786 2036

For retail nurseries and more wholesale growers click here.

GROWER KNOWLEDGE:
This website gives general information for the states/regions in Australia. For local information on which plants work in your area contact your local grower. Local grower knowledge is vital, this website is no substitute.

HEIGHTS:
Heights shown on the website are for general gardening conditions. In well maintained gardens, some plants will get taller.

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stockists for this variety. For availability,
please contact your local retail or wholesale nursery.

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