Pennisetum orientale

Oriental Fountain Grass
Plant Type

Perennial, Grass



Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

18-24″ x 18-24″


Full sun


Medium Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Summer, Fall

Special Features

Deer Resistant

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

3-10, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing, clumping, perennial ornamental grass to 18-24” tall and wide. This attractive compact-growing species forms a soft mound of narrow, gracefully-arching medium-green leaves accented with fluffy, pink-tinged flower plumes that rise above the foliage from summer into fall. Ideal for applications where a full-sized fountain grass might be overpowering, this low-growing variety is well-suited as an accent or texture contrast to broadleaf shrubs and perennials, and is a great choice for water settings, rock gardens, mixed borders or containers. Also great for planting in mass for medians or drifts. Prune to 3-4” 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 light watering once established, a more robust-looking plant is achieved with moderate regular watering.  Thrives in a full sun exposure. Less likely to self-sow than many other Pennisetum varieties. Deer resistant.

USDA Zone: 6A-8B
Sunset Zone: 3-10, 14-24

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