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Grown for their linear leaves and feathery, spikes, Pennisetum are used in mixed borders, and once cut used commonly in both fresh and dried flower arrangements. They grow best in moist, yet well drained, fertile soil in full sun. Cut back top dead growth by early spring, and protect from frost with a dry mulch in winter. Pennisetum setaceum produces striking, feathery brown and cream panicles of flowers.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Purple
Foliage colour: Light green
Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to April
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