Q.Purple fountain grass appears dead
I have planted ornamental grasses the past two years and they have thrived during the summer. I cut them back in early spring. They get southern exposure adjacent to a patio. The first year I had a variegated leaf grass. This past year I planted purple fountain. I know that they are late to sprout, but it is June 19 and I see other ornamental grasses in the area growing well. Time to replace? Is there a more hardy grass that you would suggest for southeastern Wisconsin?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Yes, it is dead. Purple fountain grass is not hardy for your area.
This article has some alternatives you can consider: