• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs occasional watering - more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; forms dense, mounded clumps 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage and Plumes
    Blooms:
    Midsummer to Late Summer
  • 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 habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; forms dense, mounded clumps 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Midsummer to Late Summer
    Flower color:Brown
    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.
    Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Salvia (Salvia); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Sedum (Sedum); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • 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.

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