• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 10 to 12 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Dwarf Grass
    Blooms:
    Late Summer through Fall
  • Detail
    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:Slowly 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 stream beds 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 PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Yarrow (Achillea); Sedum (Sedum); Salvia (Salvia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soils; avoid heavy, wet clay soils. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Cut foliage back just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.

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