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Pennisetum alopecuroides / Fountain Grass

    Pennisetum alopecuroides / Fountain Grass


    Pennisetum alopecuroides, also known as Fountain Grass, is a popular ornamental grass that is native to Asia and Australia. This grass has been cultivated for its ornamental qualities and is known for its feathery plumes and graceful, arching foliage.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 60-120 cm (24-48 in)
    • Spread: 60-90 cm (24-36 in)
    • Flower color: Creamy-white to coppery-pink
    • Flowering period: Summer to fall
    • Foliage: Green to blue-green, depending on the cultivar
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun
    • Soil requirements: Well-draining soil, pH 6.0-7.5
    • Hardiness Zone: 5

    Pennisetum alopecuroides is a versatile ornamental grass that can be used in a variety of ways. It is often used in mixed borders, mass plantings, or as a focal point in a garden. It also looks great in containers, adding a touch of elegance and movement to patios or balconies.

    Fountain Grass is a low maintenance plant that is tolerant of drought and a variety of soil types. It is also resistant to most pests and diseases, making it an ideal choice for gardeners who want a plant that will require minimal care. Its feathery plumes add texture and movement to the garden, creating a serene and calming atmosphere.

    Companion Plants:

    • Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' - The pure white flowers of this coneflower complement the soft, feathery plumes of Pennisetum alopecuroides.
    • Hemerocallis 'Pardon Me' - The deep red flowers of this daylily provide a beautiful contrast to the green foliage of Pennisetum alopecuroides.
    • Nepeta hybrid Cat's Pajamas - The blue flowers of this catmint complement the soft, feathery plumes of Pennisetum alopecuroides.

    Care Instructions:
    Pennisetum alopecuroides requires full sun and well-draining soil. It is drought tolerant but will benefit from regular watering during extended dry periods. It can be cut back in late winter to encourage new growth. Fountain Grass is a slow spreader, so it can be left alone to form a clump or divided every few years to increase its size.

    Final Thoughts:
    Pennisetum alopecuroides is a beautiful and low-maintenance plant that adds texture and movement to any garden. It has a long history of cultivation and has become a popular choice for gardeners around the world. Whether used as a focal point or as part of a mixed border, Fountain Grass is sure to add elegance and grace to any landscape.