Fountain grass

Pennisetum setaceum

Fountain grass - Pennisetum setaceum

Common Name: Fountain grass
Genus: Pennisetum
Species: setaceum

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This gorgeous ornamental grass looks wonderful planted in large drifts, where the pink or purple-pink flower spikes can be seen swaying in the breeze. The flowers make an interesting textural addition to fresh flower arrangements and can also be dried for a longer-lasting display.

  • Garden care: Under glass surface-sow onto freely-draining compost and maintain temperatures between 13 to 28°C. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, pot several up into a small pot filled with well-drained compost and grow on. Harden off gradually before planting out, after all risk of frost has passed. They will thrive in a sunny, well-drained position. Protect in winter with a generous layer of mulch or move potted plants to a sheltered spot. Avoid excessive winter wet.

  • Sow: March-May

  • Flowering: July-October



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