Native to Japan and eastern Asia, Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain Grass) is among the most beautiful and graceful ornamental grasses with its cascading foliage that rustles in the wind. Requiring very little care and providing almost nonstop drama in the garden.
- This cold-hardy grass typically grows in 2-3 foot tall (60-90 cm) rounded mounds of dark green foliage turning golden yellow or beige in fall. However, there are dwarf varieties available that reach only 12 in. (30 cm) and tall ones which can reach 5 ft. in height (150 cm).
- The flowering season begins as early as early summer or as late as early fall when the foliage is topped with soft and fluffy, reddish purple to coppery tan bottlebrush-like flowers, resembling large foxtails, on arching stems. They make excellent cut flowers for fresh and dried arrangements.
- Welcomed in any garden style, it is versatile and can be used as a specimen plant, in groups or en masse. It is ideal in beds and borders where it provides texture, color and contrast, great in naturalistic meadows and absolutely lovely beside ponds or streams where its graceful form is reflected in the water. Great for containers too!
- Performs best in full sun in average, well-drained soil and provides interest almost all year around. Tolerates part shade, but many not flower as much. Moderately drought tolerant.
- Deer resistant!
- Cut back old foliage to the ground in late winter.
- Most popular cultivars are 'Hameln', a superb, compact cultivar rising up to 18-24 inch tall (45-60 cm); 'Little Bunny', a dwarf cultivar growing only 8-10 inch high (20-25 cm) or 'Moudry' with dramatic deep purple spikes that persist into winter.