We purchased and planted 3 of the purple fountain grasses last spring. They were just beautiful. . . couldn't believe how big they got. Did not prune them until this early this spring. . . cut them to 1. 5 to 2 inches of the ground. Did I cut them too short? Have seen NO growth this year and it's almost the end of May. Do I need to replace them or are they late bloomers?
Purple Fountain Grass
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This winter was particularly cold for most of the U.S. It is possible that it simply got too cold. Another possibility is that if the area it is growing is too wet, it cannot tolerate that over the winter. Here is an article to help you determine if it is dead or just on a slow start: