• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage and Plumes
    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 rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Summer through Fall
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design 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 streambeds 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.