This annual fountain grass is striking and widely used for its purple-to-red foliage throughout the summer. It has purple seedheads that appear in the summer and eventually fade to tan. It works well as an accent and in the center of pots where it arches above the other plants. It is low maintenance and does best in full sun. It will grow in part shade but lose some of its color. It performs best with regular water but is fairly drought-tolerant.