Black Flowering Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'

SKU
06361
Prized for its fountain of glossy dark green foliage and large, showy, nearly black, foxtail-like plumes. Creates a terrific textural and color contrast among shrubs, perennials, and in rock gardens. Beautiful as a landscape accent or in mass plantings. Fall foliage is yellow to orange.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationpen-i-SEE-tum al-o-pe-kur-OH-deez
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; forms dense, mounded clumps 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeMidsummer to Late Summer
Design IdeasIt's the black flower heads that make this very special. With a height more like groundcover, this Fountain Grass looks beautiful grown in masses. Ideal candidate for rock gardens, dry streambeds and next to landscape boulders. Grow as a single accent or in a small cluster among other drought- and heat-resistant perennials for unique color and texture variation. Excellent choice in Mexican ceramic pots for an artistic statement in Santa Fe-style gardens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Waterwise, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 10

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