First Knight Napier Grass (Pennisetum x ‘First Knight’)

First Knight Napier Grass

  • Ravishing Deep Purple-Black Foliage
  • Disease and Insect Resistant
  • Excellent as an Annual in Cold Climates

Tall, dark, handsome, brave. Need we say more? If your garden needs a knight in shining armor, you need the First Knight™ Napier Grass (Pennisetum x ‘First Knight’). As known as “fountain grass,” this variety features the deepest purple to black coloration in the nursery. With stunning looks, it’s easy to see why so many landscape artists are turning to this handsome grass for color and texture, but it’s superior performance and excellent disease resistance earns the respect of gardeners everywhere.

The First Knight™ Napier Grass offers some of the deepest violets. Its strong sword-shaped foliage erupts from its center where it appears to be almost black. Unlike other fountain grasses, this one tends to stand more upright and only folds towards the ends of its leaves.

The rich purple of this ornamental grass makes it ideal for adding drama and a bold statement to a garden bed. It’s guaranteed to set off bright greens, vibrant yellows (especially chartreuse), and reds. And with its upright nature and strong leaves, it offers textural interest and variation when paired with more classic bushy selections.

With its tall stature, the First Knight™ Napier Grass makes an excellent accent plant or as a mass planting that will attract attention and warrant questions.

Like the bravest warriors, the First Knight™ Napier Grass excels in growth and towers to tall heights without needing constant maintenance. This knight prefers full sun or partial shade and medium moisture soil that drains well. You’ll want to shower yours with regular watering during the hottest and driest times of the year.

The First Knight™ Napier Grass thrives in warmer regions but also flourishes as an annual beyond its growing zones. It springs to life quickly after planting and establishes itself without much fuss on your part. This knight was bred to resist common diseases and insects thanks to Dr. Wayne Hanna from the University of Georgia.

This plant earned its knighthood by its ability to grow vigorously and dazzle onlookers with its bold purple foliage. If you’re looking for color and resilience, look no further! The First Knight™ Napier Grass is one of the best ornamental grasses you will find.

First Knight Napier Grass (Pennisetum x ‘First Knight’) Details

Common name First Knight Napier Grass
Botanical name Pennisetum x 'First Knight'
Hardiness zone 7-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 4 - 5 ft.
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Leaf color Perennial