Annuals, Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials
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 setaceum
Often grown as an annual in colder climates. From tropical Africa, southwestern Asia, Arabian Peninsula. To 5 ft. high and wide. Forms a dense clump of medium green foliage; long plumes of coppery pink or purplish flowers are held within the clump or just above it. Dies back in winter, even in mild climates. Full sun. Can take supplemental irrigation but doesn’t need any. In arid climates, thrives in gravel beds and other dry sites. Thanks to its heavy selfsowing, this species will threaten to crowd out native vegetation when planted near open country; it has become a rampant pest in the Hawaiian Islands. To prevent seeding, cut off flower plumes before seeds mature
’Rubrum’ (’Cupreum’) has purplish red leaves and rose-colored plumes that fade to beige. ’Eaton Canyon’ (’Red Riding Hood’) is similar in color but grows just 1-1/2’2 ft. tall and wide; it is evergreen in frostfree areas. Neither usually sets seed. Some believe that these redleafed plants belong to another species.
These fast-growing fan palms are too tall for most suburban gardens; they are best suited to large pro...
Native to southwestern U.S., Mexico. Rapid growth at first, then slowing; eventually reaches 15 to 30 ...
Grows 5 ft. high and wide, with small (1/2-in.), silvery leaves and a good show of 1/2- to 1-in.-wide,...