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Pennisetum alopecuroides

Fountain Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials

PENNISETUM

Growing in fountainlike mounds, these are among the most graceful of the ornamental grasses. They have long, narrow leaves and arching stems that bear furry, foxtail-like flower plumes in summer, with bloom often extending into fall. Use them in containers, in perennial or shrub borders, or as bank covers.

Pennisetum alopecuroides

Perennial from eastern Asia. Grows to 5 ft. high and wide. Clump of bright green foliage is topped by pinkish plumes. Leaves turn yellow in fall, brown in winter. Species and varieties can self-sow.

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