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Chinese Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides

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Chinese Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides

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Special Features
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Deer Resistant
Easy Care
Fall Color

Botanical Name

Pennisetum alopecuroides

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun



Of all the ornamental grasses available, Fountain Grass is a ‘must-have’ popular with gardeners at every level. This reliable grass forms a fountain of narrow green leaves and flower spikes with pinkish bottle-brush ends. These turn attractive beige and golden colors in fall. This grass is attractive from late spring well into winter, and only needs one trim a year to grow perfectly. It is hardy from zone 5 to zone 9, so it can be grown across almost all the country. Use it with small shrubs and perennial flowers, as specimens or in groups. Plant it in drifts among other plants or create informal hedges with it. Use it to edge beds, paths and driveways. Plant it in containers, planter boxes and pots, where it will look spectacular alone or mixed with other flowers. No matter how you grow it, you will love this grass.

  • Fountain effect of fine foliage and flower spikes
  • Easily grown in any garden
  • Smart choice mixed with flowering plants or in containers
  • Seed heads can be dried for winter display
  • Thrives in sun and warmth

Plant Fountain Grass in any sunny location. It will tolerate some light shade too. It grows in any well-drained soil, flourishing even in poor soils. Once established it is drought resistant and grows with almost no care at all needed. In late winter or early spring cut back to 3 or 4 inches tall. It needs at least 2 weeks of warm weather for this grass to re-sprout in spring, but it will soon do so, and quickly fill out to be a beautiful presence in any garden. It normally has no pests or diseases and deer usually do not eat it. For an easy-care plant of great beauty, you can’t beat Fountain Grass.

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