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Pennisetum alopecuroides
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Plant Type: Grasses

Fountain Grass is an upright-open, mound forming plant.

This is an excellent ornamental grass. It should be used as an accent or specimen plant, in the middle of borders, and with other perennials. A mass planting produces a colorful display when in full bloom. Fountain Grass does well as a transitional grass between formal and natural areas. Flowering occurs in July and goes through the fall. Flower color changes from whitish purple to coppery purple and persists well into the winter. Fall foliage is yellow gold.

Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but may not flower in much shade. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter or before new shoots appear in spring. May be grown from seed and self-seeds in optimum growing conditions. May not be reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 4 where it is best sited in a protected location.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Fountain grass grows well in any fertile, moist, wet or well-drained soil. It prefers full sun to very light shade.

Flower Color

Whitish to purple

Foliage Color

Green turning yellow-gold in fall

Plant Spread

1-3 ft

Good Companions

In front of taller ornamental grasses

Plant Height

1-3 ft

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Moist or wet soil

Characteristics & Attributes


Showy flowers, Accent , Specimen, Middle of the Border, Mass Plant

Bloom Time

July through fall

Critter Resistance

deer, rabbits


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Fall and winter interest