pennisetum alopecuroides (fountain grass)

Size: 1 gallon
  • forms a dense mounding clump of bright green foliage
  • soft reddish bottlebrush-like flower spikes
  • Slender flower stalks can be upright or arching
  • foliage turns a golden yellow in the fall
  • bloom time: august to september
  • warm season grasses are much slower starting in the spring
  • they do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer
  • they flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter
  • most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions
  • zone 5 
  • height 90-120cm 
  • spread 80-100cm
  • colour burgundy
  • grows best in a moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to light shade
  • if planted in too much shade this grass will not flourish and may not flower
  • foliage should be cut back to about 10 cm in early spring to allow for new growth
  • pennisetum can reseed in optimum conditions
  • full sun
  • attracts birds
  • deer resistant
  • low maintenance
  • long blooming
  • heat tolerant
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)