Little Bunny Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’

Little Bunny Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Little Bunny Miniature Fountain Grass is the smallest of the fountain grass varieties, growing no more than 18 inches tall and wide. It forms a dense clump of slender arching green leaves, topped by an abundance of fluffy flower stalks that do look just like rabbit’s tails. This easy grass is perfect for accents in small beds, adding to a rock garden, planting as an edging, or for growing in containers and planter boxes, mixed with flowers.

  • An 18” fountain of slender green leaves
  • Charming silvery ‘rabbit tail’ seed heads
  • Non-invasive dense clump
  • Easily grown in any sunny spot
  • Perfect for beds of planter boxes

In full sun is the best spot for the Little Bunny Miniature Fountain Grass, which will also take just a little partial shade. It grows vigorously in any well-drained soil, including poor and sandy soils. Generally free of pests or diseases and ignored by deer, this is an easy plant to grow. A simple haircut to a couple of inches tall in late fall or early spring is all it needs to keep it growing perfectly.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9
Mature Width 1-1.5
Mature Height 1-1.5
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 5-9

Ornamental grasses are always popular, and there are many to choose from. Fountain grass is one of the best – non-invasive, handsome and so quick to send up its ‘rabbit tail’ flower spikes it can be grown as an annual in zones 3 and 4, or as a perennial everywhere else. But it will soon grow to be 3 feet tall and wide, and often we want that exactly look, but smaller. Perhaps for a pocket in a rock garden, along the edge of a small bed, or in a planter with other flowers. Wherever you need it, up hops the answer – the Little Bunny Miniature fountain Grass. This cute lil’ critter grows no more than 18 inches tall, and often a little less, fitting in anywhere. The slender leaves form a perfect fountain, and out of it pops a succession of flower spikes, topped with a cute little white cluster that does indeed look just like a rabbit’s tail. For anywhere in sun and well-drained soil it’s perfect, and this is one little bunny that won’t be digging holes in your beds, just making them look a whole lot better.

Growing the Little Bunny Miniature Fountain Grass

Size and Appearance

The Little Bunny Miniature Fountain Grass is a clump-forming, non-invasive perennial grass that rapidly forms a tuft of leaves between 12 and 18 inches tall. This arches up and over like water from a fountain, covering an area up to 18 inches across. Each leaf is like a slender straw, ¼ inch thick, tapering to a soft point. It is mid-green to dark-green, but looks very slightly silvery because of microscopic hairs on the surface of the leaf. Many leaves rise from a dense clump, which expands a little with age, but never spreads or becomes invasive in any way at all. It sprouts quickly in spring, and soon looks lovely. Around mid-summer you will see the ‘rabbit tails’ beginning to develop. These rise on slim stems to the very tips of the leaves, and at first they are pinkish, like a fuzzy bottle-brush a few inches long. Gradually they turn to a pale silvery straw color, becoming white-beige by fall and into winter. Often seed-eating birds will flock to it, taking seeds from the heads. The leaves and flowers hold through the cold months, both turning very pale straw colors. Heavy snow and storms may flatten them, but otherwise they normally stay up until spring.

Using the Little Bunny Miniature Fountain Grass in Your Garden

This charming little grass is perfect for all those small pockets that we find around the garden. Places between shrubs, pockets of soil between rocks, the corners of beds along a path – all these are perfect spots to fill with this little guy. Grow it in clumps or rows to edge a small bed, or plant it for extra interest among conifers in a gravel bed. Tuck it at the base of a big boulder in a Zen garden. Every garden has a suitable home for a ‘pet plant’ like this one. It is also perfect in planters and boxes, mixed with upright plants and flowers to make stunning arrangements. It will not reliably overwinter in a box or pot below zone 7.


The Little Bunny Miniature Fountain Grass is perennial in zones 5 to 9, hardy down to 25 degrees. Winter survival can be poor in wet soil. It can be grown as an annual plant, flowering well, in colder zones.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

Full sun is best for this small grass, but it will take an hour or two of shade each day. Too much shade will make it weak and floppy. It grows well in any well-drained soil, including sandy soils. It won’t grow well in wet soil, but it will thrive even in poor soils, so it grows easily in just about every sunny garden.

Maintenance and Pruning

This is one bunny you won’t need to feed a daily carrot – it’s very tough and reliable, needing no special attention or care. An annual trim is all it takes to grow it perfectly. This could be in fall or spring, depending on whether you want the winter effect or not. Just remember to cut down early in spring, well before new leaves start to grow, or you will cut off their tips, spoiling the look.

History and Origin of the Little Bunny Miniature Fountain Grass

Chinese fountain grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides, grows naturally through much of Asia and down into Australia. The wild grass grows about 3 feet tall, but there are several smaller forms available. The smallest is ‘Little Bunny’. We don’t know where or when this grass was developed, but it was probably a selection from seedlings, perhaps grown over several generations, always selecting the smallest plants.

Buying the Little Bunny Miniature Fountain Grass at the Tree Center

This versatile little guy is a great addition to any garden, adding interest and variety to beds and planters. Order now, because it’s a top-seller, and never stays long before hopping off to greener pastures, like your garden.

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Little Bunny Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’