Pennisetum setaceum


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Pennisetum setaceum

Plant details

Fountain grass, Pennisetum setaceum, is grown for its linear leaves and feathery, brown and cream, architectural panicles, which are commonly used in fresh and dried flower arrangements. It's best planted in large clumps, where it makes a magnificent statement in a mixed border.

Grow Pennisetum setaceum in moist but well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. Cut back top dead growth from late-winter to early spring, and protect from frost with a dry mulch in winter.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Pennisetum

Species: setaceum

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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