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Pennisetum alopecuroides

Also called Australian Fountain Grass, Chinese Pennisetum


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More About Pennisetum alopecuroides

  • Forms a dense mounding clump of bright green foliage
  • Soft reddish bottlebrush-like flower spikes
  • Slender flower stalks can be upright or arching
  • Foliage turns a golden yellow in the fall
  • Bloom Time: August to September
  • Flower Height: 120 cm
  • Foliage Height: 90 cm
  • Flower Size: 15 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

Zone:

5

Height:

90-120 cm

Spread:

80-100 cm

Colour:

Burgundy
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Fountain Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in a moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to light shade. If planted in too much shade this grass will not flourish and may not flower. Foliage should be cut back to about 10 cm in early spring to allow for new growth. Pennisetum can reseed in optimum conditions.


Pennisetum alopecuroides Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Average
Well-drained

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall
Summer

Habit

Mounding
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Foundation planting
Border/edging
Specimen

 Suitable Substitutions for Pennisetum alopecuroides

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Foxtrot'

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Foxtrot'

Foxtrot Fountain Grass

Pennisetum caudatum

Pennisetum caudatum

White Flowering Fountain Grass