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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
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Plant Type: Grasses

More compact and shorter than the species, ‘Hameln’ has finely textured leaves that are especially lovely when back lit by the early morning or late afternoon sun.  Soft, greenish-cream colored panicles begin to appear in midsummer, a few weeks earlier than the species. This grass works most effectively in mass plantings, but also can be used as an accent plant in gardens.

An attractive grass highlighted by fluffy, buff-colored plumes that arch above the lush, green fountain of foliage. In the fall, the foliage turns a lovely golden russet color. Creates a terrific contrast when used among shrubs or as a backdrop in a perennial bed.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Pennisetum 'Hameln' prefers to be grown in rich loamy soil with good drainage and full sun. However, it will grow in rocky or sandy soil as long as it receives periodic moisture. This grass resents having wet feet.

Flower Color

Tan shades

Foliage Color


Plant Spread


Good Companions

Aster-New England {Aster novae-angliae} Black-Eyed Susan {Rudbeckia} Blanket Flower {Gaillardia aristata} Stonecrop-Variegated {Sedum}

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone

5 (somewhat hardy in northern Iowa)

Soil Moisture

Low to average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Border, Mass Plant, Cut flower or foliage

Bloom Time


Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Fall & winter.