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Fountain
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Pennisetum


Description:

Fountain Grass is a graceful, elegant ornamental grass with plumes resembling bottle brushes appear that in summer.  These attractive flowers persist from summer until fall.   The foliage arches near the tip and gives the plant a graceful fountain shape.  It is suited for the residential landscape more than most other ornamental grasses because of its small size.  Great for: Container plantings, rock gardens, borders, foundation plantings, massing, as a specimen or ground cover
 
Common Name(s): Fountain Grass, Chinese Fountain Grass, Swamp Foxtail Grass
Botanical Name(s): Pennisetum
Plant Type: Ornamental Grass
Soil Preference: This plant tolerates drought and some salt.  This plant will grow in moist soil. Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy, sandy or clay. The pH preference is an acidic to slightly alkaline (less than 6.8 to 7.7) soil.
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Attributes: Naturalizing, Attracts birds, Looks nice in flower arrangements, Deer Resistant
Pests: none serious
Diseases: none serious
Good Companion Plants: Aster, Black-Eyed Susan, Blanket Flower, Blue Star, Stonecrop, Wand Flower
Care: Propagation is from division and seeds in the fall and spring.  Cut down to ground level in spring. Fertilize with Plant-tone approximately April 1st, May 20th, July 4th, August 15th & October 30th.  Keep granular fertilizers off foliage and away from stems and trunks.  Use 1/2 the recommended rate of fertilizer for new plantings

Planting Instructions: Perennials
Info: Ornamental Grass


Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Pennisetum alopecuroides
Fountain Grass
zones 5a-9a
 
Description:  Bright green foliage clumps are topped by pinkish plumes in early summer.  Leaves turn yellow in fall then brown in winter.
Bloom Color: Pinkish White
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 36-72"


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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Desert Plains'
Fountain Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  The finely textured, narrow, green leaves form a beautiful upright vase-shaped clump. In mid-summer, the tips of the foliage begin to turn deep red and the entire clump transitions to shades of orange and gold in fall. Showy 5” bottlebrush plumes held above the foliage emerge smoky
purple and age to tan.
Bloom Color: Almost Black
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 36-48"


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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hamelin'
Fountain Grass
zones 6a-8a
 
Description:  It's foliage forms a neat, elegant fountain-like mound of narrow leaves that turn yellow in fall and looks good most of the winter. Flowers are ivory white
Bloom Color: Ivory white
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 20"
Spread: 36"


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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny'
Fountain Grass
zones 6a-9b
 
Description:  'Little Bunny' is the smallest of the dwarf Fountain Grass.   It is a cute, dwarf grass with fluffy, light pink bottlebrush blooms in late summer.  It is also very versatile and dependable.  The foliage becomes streaked with yellow-brown in early fall then changes to brown by late fall.
Bloom Color: Light Pink
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-12"
Spread: 6-12"


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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'
Fountain Grass
zones 6b-9a
 
Description:  A very attractive late blooming Fountain Grass.  This particular variety's blackish plumes rise a foot or more above the graceful foliage.   'Moudry' puts on a show when most of the show is over!
Bloom Color: Almost black
Bloom Time: August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 18-24"


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Pennisetum orientale
Oriental Fountain Grass
zones 5-10
 
Description:  A low-growing compact plant with graceful, cascading foliage.  The pearly white inflorescence stand a foot or two above the foliage in late June.   Plant in masses for a great effect!
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Late June
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 10-12"
Spread:  


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Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'
Oriental Fountain Grass
zones 5-10
 
Description:  Selected and introduced by Sunny Border Nurseries.  Deep green blades erupt into intense smoky rose-purple flowers.  Long blooming.  Appears to be more winter hardy than the species.  (PP12909)
Bloom Color: Rose-purple
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36"
Spread: 24-36"


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Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'
Purple Leaved/Crimson Fountain Grass
annual
 
Description:  USE AS AN ANNUAL. THIS PLANT IS NOT HARDY IN OHIO.   Beautiful purple foliage tipped by dramatic red-purple plumes.   Splendid as a container plant as well as in mass plantings.  Unbeatable rich color to liven up containers or a border!
Bloom Color: Red-Purple
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Purple
Height: 30-36"
Spread: 30-36"
 

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