Pennisetum orientale 'Shogun'

Pennisetum orientale ‘Shogun’

Fountain grass

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Pennisetum orientale 'Shogun'
  • Common name: Fountain grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Red

White

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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Pennisetum orientale is native to north Africa and north-west Asia. Pennisetum orientale ‘Shogun’ produces mounds of upright, narrow leaves topped with tan-pink flowers in summer that, together, create a lovely soft haze of colour. It looks particularly good planted in an ornamental meadow or gravel garden.

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For best results, grow Pennisetum orientale ‘Shogun’ in full sun in well-drained soil. Leave the old stems on over winter to provide interest, then cut back in late winter or early spring to make way for the new foliage.

How to grow Pennisetum 'Shogun'

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    80cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Cut back
Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do Cut back in February

Do Cut back in March

Do not Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do not Cut back in July

Do not Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do not Cut back in October

Do not Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Pennisetum 'Shogun' and wildlife

Pennisetum 'Shogun' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Pennisetum 'Shogun' poisonous?

Pennisetum 'Shogun' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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