Dwarf Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Pronunciation: pen-i-SEE-tum al-o-pe-kur-OH-deez
|Description||An attractive grass highlighted by fluffy, buff-colored plumes that arch above the lush, green fountain of foliage. In 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.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Late summer through fall|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care, Fall Color, Waterwise, Compact Form, Benefits Birds|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container|
|Design Ideas||With 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 Plants||Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Salvia (Salvia); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Sedum (Sedum)|
|Care||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.|
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