This month, the Texas Superstar® program shines the spotlight on Napier Grass ‘Princess Caroline’. Texas Superstar® describes Napier Grass ‘Princess Caroline’:
‘Princess Caroline’ has beautiful wide leaves that are a deep purple in color which reflex gracefully on a vase shaped plant. It does not flower, but grows from 4 to 6 feet tall depending on amount of watering and length of the growing season.
‘Princess Caroline’ is a recently developed Napier grass variety which is a trispecific Pennisetum hybrid (crosses between Pennisetum purpureum Schumach., P. glaucum (L.). R. Br., and P. squamulatum Fresen.) from a breeding program at the University of Georgia. Unlike its predecessors ‘Prince’ and ‘Princess’ (bispecific hybrids), it is resistant to the leaf spot disease that is seen in the eastern part of the state on the older varieties. It is very heat and drought tolerant and is perennial in most of the state. It will freeze to the ground, but makes rapid growth in the spring to make a strong statement in the landscape. In north Texas, it can be overwintered if the temperatures are mild and it is grown in a protected location. Very little fertilizer is needed to get this plant to perform. Nitrogen fertilizer will cause the leaves to green up and lose the striking purple foliage that is a hallmark of this new Texas Superstar®.
For more information on the Texas Superstar® program, please visit: http://www.texassuperstar.com/plants/index.html