Plant Family / 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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.