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Fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale)
Fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale)

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Zones 3-10, 14-24, 26, 28-35, 37-39
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Regular Water
Moderate

Pennisetum orientale

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

PENNISETUM

Growing in fountainlike mounds, these are among the most graceful of 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, as bank covers.

Pennisetum orientale

From central and western Asia. To 2 ft. high, 2 1/2ft. wide, with pinkish plumes standing above a mound of green to gray-green foliage. Plumes mature to light brown; foliage turns straw colored in winter. Seldom selfsows.

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