Pennisetum alopecuroides - Fountain Grass


Pennisetum alopecuroides is a warm season perennial grass that grows in spreading clumps.  It has graceful foliage and fuzzy silvery-pinkish bottlebrush flower plumes which are dazzling when backlit from the sun.  They arch outwards like a fountain, hence the name.   Plant this grass near a patio or walkway.

Type: Ornamental grass
Family: Poaceae
Native Range: Eastern Asia to western Australia
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 2.50 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 2.50 to 5.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to February
Bloom Description: Silvery to pinkish-white
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Good Cut, Good Dried
Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall
Attracts: Birds
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Wet Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution