Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ornamental Grass

Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides

Fountain Grass <em>Pennisetum alopecuroides</em> 'Hameln'
Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Graceful arching foliage, forming nice mound shaped plants. Showy flowers emerge in mid-July. The stiff foxtail like flowers are borne on arching stems starting out pinkish-rose and changing to reddish brown. Foliage turns yellow in the fall.

This is a clumping warm season grass.

Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun but will tolerate a wide range of soils once established. 

'Hameln' 2-3' dwarf form

'Little Bunny' 10-12" miniature form

'Moudry' 18-24" dark green foliage with nearly black flower heads

'Little Honey' 6-12" variegated foliage

'Red Head' 3-4' green foliage with red flower plumes a month before other cultivars

Mature Height
2-4 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes
Plants do poorly in shade and may not flower if too shady.


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