Dwarf Fountain Grass
Dwarf Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'Item #6426 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 11
An attractive grass highlighted by fluffy, buff-colored plumes that arch above the lush, green fountain of foliage. In the fall, the foliage turns a lovely golden russet color. Creates a terrific contrast when used among shrubs or as a backdrop in a perennial bed.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pen-i-SEE-tum al-o-pe-kur-OH-deezPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousSunset climate zones:2 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Summer through FallFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasWith its attractive fountain-like flower displays, Fountain Grass is one of the best choices for smaller dry gardens and courtyards. Plant it as foliage contrast and fall color with mixed perennials. Looks best in dry stream beds and around rocks in natural or wild gardens. Shares cultural preferences with many favorite Western native perennials in drought-resistant gardens. Also great for planting next to smaller water gardens, where it won't overwhelm the scheme. Lovely when grown in metal classical containers that bear the unmistakable patina of age, whether true or artificial. Perch these on low walls, seat walls, or on top of masonry columns for a distinctly European look.Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Salvia (Salvia); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Sedum (Sedum)
- CareCare InformationProvide average, well-drained soil. Avoid heavy, wet clay soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Cut back and apply a general purpose fertilizer just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.