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Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain grass)

Pennisetum alopecuroides Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides pen-nih-SEE-tum al-oh-pek-yur-OY-deez Common Name: Fountain grass Synonyms: P. compressum Genus: Pennisetum
This species produces 2- to 5-foot-tall mounds of narrow green foliage and bottle brush-like silvery-pink to purple flowers, both of which mature to shades of brown. It is the parent of numerous cultivars with notable flowers that range from purple to gray/black. It and some of its cultivars self-sow plentifully in warm climates. It is marginally hardy in Zone 5.
Noteworthy characteristics: Good cut or dried flower.
Care: Grow in light, average, well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back previous year's foliage by early spring.
Propagation: Divide in late spring or early autumn. Sow seed in early spring at 55° to 65°F.
Problems: Rust, eye spot, leaf spots.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower;Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium to Wet
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Fall; Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Brown Flower; Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Naturalizing, Waterside
Style Meadow Garden, Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

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