Pennisetum alopecuroides (L.) Spreng.

Chinese Pennisetum, Fountain Grass

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Pennisetum

Category: Grass

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 1 to 5' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Warm season grass which does well in hot, humid summers. Flowers through summer and into autumn on tall stems. Look a lot like foxtails. Narrow green leaves, yellow in autumn, arching graceful appearance, 1/2" wide.


'Caudatum' - white flowers in summer, 4' tall

'Woodside' - blooms early, 2' tall, from Woodside Garden, Mervyn Feesey, Barnstaple, England.


Native to Japan and Asia.

Published in Syst. Veg., ed. 15 bis (Roemer & Schultes) 1: 303 in 1824.


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