Giant Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Foxtrot'

Beautiful smoky-rose plumes move like foxtails bobbing and dancing above this green slender bladed ornamental grass. A fast-growing filler for the landscape or in containers with annuals.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, requires only occasional watering.

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Botanical Pronunciationpen-ih-SEE-tum al-oh-pek-yur-OH-id-eez
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall tall and wide.
Bloom TimeShowy panicles appear summer to fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Plumes
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Waterwise, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, requires only occasional watering.
Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Weigela (Weigela); Aster (Aster); Coneflower (Echinacea)

Grows easily in most average, well drained soils. Avoid heavy, wet clay sites. Follow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. In mild winter areas, shear to 6 inches above ground in fall or spring and fertilize to rejuvenate. Treat as an annual in colder winter climates.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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