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Pennisetum alopecuroides

Fountain grass

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

This attractive ornamental grass from East Asia to Western Australia makes a densely tufted clump of flat, mid- to dark green leaves. From summer to autumn, it bears yellow-green to dark purple spikey flowers. Its slightly tender nature means that plants may need protection in cold weather. Remove dead material every spring.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Pennisetum

Species: alopecuroides

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to prune: February to March


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