Feathertop

Pennisetum villosum

Feathertop - Pennisetum villosum

Common Name: Feathertop
Genus: Pennisetum
Species: villosum

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, White
Foliage Colour: Green, WhiteFlowering Period: July to September

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

A deciduous perennial grass with fine leaves that form a loosely tufted bunch in spring. The greeny-white wheat-like flowers emerge from this clump in mid summer and these are the real stars of the show. They float like little clouds above the foliage catching the breeze and bobbing about. Their fluffy texture will soften surrounding planting schemes and they look particularly good when the sun catches them from behind. A great plant for a sensory garden as you can't help but want to touch them. A native of North Eastern tropical Africa they are not fully hardy and may not survive the winter in colder areas so are often grown as an annual but they will usually self seed. They are great plants that have justifiably been given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.

Other Features: The flowers are useful for fresh or dried flower arrangements.

Garden Care: A generous layer of mulch in autumn will help keep the roots warmer in winter. Prune back the previous years growth each spring.


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