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Description: Fountain grass is a very showy ornamental grass with graceful, arching leaves, and erect or nodding rose-colored flower spikes up to 12 in (30.5 cm) long. Fountain grass grows in dense, symmetrical clumps that can get 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m) tall and 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) across with a fountain of feathery plumes flowing out of the foliage. ‘Cupreum’ has reddish stems and leaves, and copper-colored plumes. ‘Rubrum’ and ‘Purpureum’ are larger, to 5 ft (1.5 m) tall, with dark purple leaves and burgundy-red, nodding plumes to 15 in (38.1 cm) long. ‘Eaton Canyon’ is a miniature, to 30 in (76 cm) high, with burgundy-red foliage and plumes. These cultivars generally do not set seed, and therefore are good choices for tropical and subtropical climates where the species could become invasive.