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Pennisetum - Fountain Grasses

Among the most beautiful and graceful ornamental grasses, Pennisetum (Fountain Grass) enjoys showy, feathery, flower spikes atop linear leaves over a long blooming season which extends into fall. Rustling in the wind and animating your plantings, whether in containers, mixed herbaceous borders or rock gardens, these full sun annual or perennial grasses are easy to grow and available in many forms (upright habit or arching), sizes (from dwarf ornamental grass to tall ornamental grass) and even colors (green or purple foliage, cream or rose seed heads). 

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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny' (Fountain Grass)

Perfect for small gardens, Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny' (Fountain Grass) is a miniature perennial grass forming a dense clump of gracefully arching linear leaves. Bright green in summer, they turn red as the season progresses, becoming completely blazing red in the fall.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Desert Plains' (Fountain Grass)

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Desert Plains' (Fountain Grass) is a large perennial grass forming a dense upright vase-shaped clump of gracefully arching linear leaves. Bright green in summer, they turn red as the season progresses, before changing to warm shades of orange and gold in the fall.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' (Fountain Grass)

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' (Fountain Grass) is a compact perennial grass forming a dense clump of gracefully arching linear leaves. Bright green in summer, they turn golden-yellow in the fall before fading to beige. The foliage usually remains attractive throughout the winter.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' (Fountain Grass)

Perfect for small gardens, Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' (Fountain Grass) is a miniature perennial grass forming a dense clump of gracefully arching linear leaves. Dark green in summer, they turn gold in the fall before fading to buff. The showy foliage usually remains attractive until frost.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head' (Fountain Grass)

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head' (Fountain Grass) is a charming perennial grass forming a dense clump of gracefully arching linear leaves. Deep green in summer, they turn gold in the fall before fading to buff in winter. The foliage usually remains attractive throughout the winter.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain Grass)

Native to Asia and Australia, Pennisetum alopecuroides (Fountain Grass) is among the most beautiful and graceful ornamental grasses with its cascading foliage that rustles in the wind

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Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' (Oriental Fountain Grass)

Animating your plantings with its nodding, intense smoky rose-purple fuzzy flowers, Oriental Fountain Grass 'Karley Rose' (Pennisetum orientale) is among the most beautiful and graceful ornamental grasses.

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Pennisetum orientale (Oriental Fountain Grass)

Low-growing, compact and incredibly floriferous, Pennisetum orientale (Oriental Fountain Grass) is a clump-forming tufted perennial grass and one of the most striking hardy fountain grasses. Blooming over an exceptionally long season, its fluffy flower spikes rise high above the foliage, arching upward or outward, and cascading down the deep green to gray-green foliage that rustles in the wind.

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Pennisetum setaceum 'Fireworks' (Purple Fountain Grass)

Incredibly showy, Pennisetum setaceum 'Fireworks' (Purple Fountain Grass) is a clump-forming, warm season grass boasting erect to arching linear leaves. Flat, the leaves are brilliantly variegated with longitudinal stripes of burgundy-red, hot-pink, green and white.

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Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (Purple Fountain Grass)

Requiring very little care and providing striking color as well as graceful movement in the garden or patio, Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (Purple Fountain Grass) has become a real favorite among gardeners

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Pennisetum setaceum (Purple Fountain Grass)

Making a dramatic statement in the landscape, award-winning Pennisetum setaceum (Purple Fountain Grass) is a showy ornamental grass forming a mound of gracefully, arching, narrow leaves. In mid summer to early fall, the foliage is topped with slender feathery pinkish flowers plumes, up to 15 in. long (37 cm), drying to tan as they mature. Requiring very little care while providing color and movement in the garden or patio, Pennisetum setaceum is tolerant of high temperatures, humidity, wind, drought, and is pest-free.

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Pennisetum thunbergii 'Red Buttons' (Fountain Grass)

Noted for its elegant, rosy-red feathery flowers, Pennisetum thunbergii 'Red Buttons' (Fountain Grass) is a graceful, deciduous grass that forms a compact, upright clump of narrow grassy leaves. In late summer, showy, elongated, red flower plumes are produced at the tips of long graceful stems. They rise high above the foliage, arching upward or outward, and gradually fade to buff as they mature.

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Pennisetum villosum (Feathertop Grass)

Extremely drought tolerant, Feathertop Grass (Pennisetum villosum) is among the most beautiful and graceful ornamental grasses with its large, fluffy, bright white flower plumes cascading down the light green foliage that rustles in the wind.

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