Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Reaches 10 to 12 in. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Dwarf Habit
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Late summer through fall
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:pen-i-SEE-tum al-o-pe-kur-OH-deez
Plant type:Ornamental Grass
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Sunset climate zones:2 - 24
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Reaches 10 to 12 in. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Late summer through fall
Flower color:White
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Design IdeasNow small gardens and courtyards can enjoy the beautiful fountain-like flowers of Fountain Grass. Plant as an accent with mixed perennials. Ideal for dry streambeds and around rocks in natural or wild gardens. Perfect next to water gardens, where it won't overwhelm the scheme. Grow in distressed cast iron, bronze or copper containers on porch, patio, balcony or perched on low walls.
Companion PlantsMix in a perennial bed with other sun-loving, low water users like Blanket Flower, Thrift, Sage, Stonecrop and Lavender. Add other ornamental grasses such as Purple Fountain Grass and Variegated Japanese Silver Grass to complete the design.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
Pennisetum is in the grass family and native to temperate regions of the world. Species alopecuroides is native to China and Japan and often referred to as Chinese or Japanese Fountain Grass.