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Pennisetum alopecuroides

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Pennisetum alopecuroides Fountain Grass, Swamp Foxtail,

Native: Foliage Type:
Yes Evergreen

Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Grasses, Strappy & Tufting Clumping, Tufting

Evergreen tufting perennial with arching strappy leaves and purple feathery flower heads in summer. Was thought a native until recently. Plant with caution as readily self-seeds as does P. setaceum.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
60cm-1m 60cm-1m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Any, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Balcony / Roof, Borders / Shrubbery, Coastal Garden, Courtyard, Erosion Control, Feature, Foliage Feature / Colour, Low Water Garden, Mass Planting, Rockery, Verge, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free

Cultural Notes: Best to cut the flower heads off before they shed their seed. Can tolerate boggy, poor soils and looks great planted en-masse. Plant spacing 30cm apart. Cut back by half to refresh plant.

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Poaceae Asia

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Purple
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Summer
Fruit: No

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Low
Drought: High
Frost: High
Wind: High