Pennisetum thunbergii Red Buttons
Pennisetum thunbergii Red Buttons
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Pennisetum thunbergii Red Buttons

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Red Buttons is a pretty, compact ornamental grass of medium size, which forms a rounded mound. In early summer it has catkin-like flowers that are bright red. The flowers, which are popular with flower arrangers, turn brown as they age, and the bright green leaves turn beige in autumn.


A popular perennial grass, Red Buttons will add movement to your garden. As it is a fairly undistinguished plant until the flowers appear, try underplanting with spring bulbs or pair with early flowering perennials such as verbenas or sedums.

  • Flowers: July - October
  • Half-Hardy
  • Drought Tolerant
  • All soil types
  • South or West facing
  • Full sun

Protect from winter frosts in cold areas and cut back last season’s foliage in early spring.