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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Woodside'

Chinese fountain grass

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Grasses have never been more popular within gardening, and their good looks and simple cultivation make it easy to see why. This Chinese fountain grass grows in tufts of bright green fronds, crowned with feather-like plumes of purple-green bristles. The fronds of grass turn golden yellow in the autumn and although the grass will eventually die back in winter, this plant will grow again in the spring. It's ideal for a prairie-style garden, but can also add a Mediterranean feel to a patio or border, particularly when displayed in blue-glazed terracotta pots.

Family: Gramineae

Genus: Pennisetum

Species: alopecuroides

Cultivar: Woodside

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 45cm


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