Pennisetum x advena 'Rubrum'

Five pennisetums to grow

When all else is fading, pennisetums reach their peak – we pick five of the best.

The fountain grasses, Pennisetum, are attractive perennial grasses from warmer parts of the world. They look their best in late summer and autumn.

What sets them apart from other grasses is the mass of bristly bottlebrush spikes held upright or arching, like fountains, above slender, graceful foliage. The flowers may be creamy or biscuit-coloured, some with pink or red overtones, with many retaining their looks throughout autumn and into winter.

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