Pennisetum setaceum

Fountain grass

  • Botanical name: Pennisetum setaceum
  • Common name: Fountain grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
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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.

How to grow Pennisetum setaceum

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    90cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Divide in January

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Do not Prune in January

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Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Pennisetum setaceum and wildlife

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

Is Pennisetum setaceum poisonous?

Pennisetum setaceum 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

Plants that go well with Pennisetum setaceum


Stipa tenuissima

Mexican feather grass