Pennisetum alopecuroides

Fountain Grass
Plant Type

Perennial, Grass



Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

3-5′ x 3-5′


Full to partial sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Summer, Fall

Special Features

Drought Resistant, Deer Resistant

Container Sizes


Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones


Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing, clumping, perennial ornamental grass to 3-5’ tall and wide. This popular species forms a soft grassy mound of narrow, gracefully-arching, medium-green leaves accented with fluffy, pink-tinged flower plumes that rise above the foliage late-summer into fall. Adding further appeal are the warm, gold and brown foliage colors that appear in the cool of fall. This attractive variety is well-suited as an accent or texture contrast to broadleaf shrubs and perennials, and is a great choice for planting in mass for medians or drifts. Prune to 4-6” in early-spring to encourage a strong flush of fresh new spring foliage. Prefers a well-drained soil, and while this variety can survive with little water once established, a more robust-looking plant is achieved with moderate regular watering.  Thrives in a full to partial sun exposure. Deer resistant.

USDA Zone: 5A-9B
Sunset Zone: 2B-24

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