Pennisetum alopecuroides Fountain Grass Live Plant ornamental grass, perfect for rock gardens or on a slope

Pennisetum alopecuroides Fountain Grass Live Plant ornamental grass, perfect for rock gardens or on a slope

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Live plants are usually cut back for ease of shipment but plenty of healthy/new growth will surely follow. Please be sure to unpack and plant your plants(s) upon delivery.


Botanical Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides

Common Name: Fountain Grass

Bloomtime: August to October

Flower: Silvery to pinkish-white

Plant Height: 32 to 60 inches

Plant Width: 32 to 60 inches

Foliage: Showy

Plant size: 2.5" pot

Sun: Full sun to part shade.

Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution

Life-cycle: Perennial

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9


Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but may not flower in too much shade. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear. May be grown from seed and self-seeds in optimum growing conditions but cultivars do not come true from seed. May not be reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5 where it is best sited in a protected location.

Noteworthy Characteristics:

Pennisetum alopecuroides, commonly called fountain grass, is a warm season ornamental grass which typically grows in graceful, spreading clumps from 2-3' tall and as wide. Features narrow, medium to deep green leaves (to 1/2" wide) in summer, changing to golden yellow in fall and fading to beige in late fall. Foliage usually remains attractive throughout the winter. Showy, silvery to pinkish-white, bristly, bottle brush-like flower spikes arch outward from the clump in late summer like water spraying from a fountain (hence the common name). Flower spikes turn brownish as the seeds form, and spikes usually persist until late fall or early winter before shattering. Many excellent fountain grass cultivars are available in commerce, ranging in height from 1-5' and featuring a variety of different flower colors (purples, pinks or whites) and autumn foliage.

Genus name comes from the Latin penna meaning feather and seta meaning bristle in reference to the flowers having long, feathery bristles.

Specific epithet means like a foxtail grass.

Garden Uses:

Specimen, group or mass. Foliage and attractive flower spikes of this ornamental grass provide excellent texture, color and contrast to borders, foundations and open areas. Also grows well in moist locations such as peripheries of water gardens, ponds or streams.