Purple fountain grass, sometimes called red fountain grass, is known by the scientific name Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'. A low-maintenance plant with few requirements, the striking foliage is a draw for many gardeners. Dogs occasionally graze on grass to calm their stomachs and gain additional nutrients, making it imperative for dog owners to maintain pet-safe plants.
Purple fountain grass is tinged reddish, copper or purple. Leaves grow 3 to 4 feet in length. The plant produces foot-long feathery flower stalks from early summer to mid fall.
The Pawprints and Purrs website identifies purple fountain grass as nontoxic to pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals does not list purple fountain grass among the plants hazardous to dogs.
While purple fountain grass doesn't contain any known toxins, the addition of strange roughage to your dog's stomach can cause irritation, including vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, some dogs develop allergies to certain plants.
If your dog has a persistent upset stomach or can't keep fluid or food down after eating purple fountain grass, speak to a veterinary medical professional.
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List - Dogs
- "Small Animal Toxicology"; Michael Edward Peterson, Patricia A. Talcott; 2006
- University of Florida IFAS Extension: EDIS: Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
- Pawprints and Purrs: Plants and Pets - Non-toxic Listing
- American Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center
Elizabeth Tumbarello has been writing since 2006, with her work appearing on various websites. She is an animal lover who volunteers with her local Humane Society. Tumbarello attended Hocking College and is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in veterinary technology from San Juan College.