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Will Festival Grass Grow Well In Kentucky?

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Will festival grass grow well in Kentucky?

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Hi, Eric: Festival grass is also known as Cordyline. This hybrid can be found in most garden centers this time of the year. The burgundy foliage and arching growth habit provide both color and structure in the garden. For those of us gardening in Kentucky it is considered a tropical plant. It can be grown as a perennial grass in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. It is great in containers or as a focal point in an annual bed but it will not survive our winter temperatures. It can be over-wintered indoors if you have a room with bright filtered light. It should be brought inside before the first frost and can be taken back outdoors after the average frost-free date passes in early May. Outdoors they prefer to grow in full sun with well-drained soil.

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