Pennisetum alopecuroides

Fountain Grass
Plant Type

Perennial, Grass

Evergreen-Deciduous

Ornamental

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

3-5′ x 3-5′

Exposure

Full to partial sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

Pink

Bloom Time

Summer, Fall

Special Features

Drought Resistant, Deer Resistant

Container Sizes

#1

Natural Growth Habit

Mounding

Sunset Garden Zones

2B-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

5A-9B

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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