Pennisetum alopecuroides

Common Name : Chinese fountain grassType : Grass-likeHabit : Clump-formingHeight : 0.1-0.5 metresSpread : 10-50 cmFlower colour : CreamFlowering from : Augustto DecemberFoliage : DeciduousFoliage colour : Green& GoldHardiness : H5
Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters -15° to -10°
Sunlight : Full Sun / Part ShadeSeason of interest : Summer - Autumn

P. alopecuroides is grass forming a dense clump of narrow leaves to 60cm long, turning pale brown in winter, with tall stems bearing softly hairy, oblong, green to purple inflorescences in late summer and early autumn.


2020 – Pruned in early March. Starts to take out its spikelets at the end of July and beginning of August. Beautiful flowering from the beginning of August.

2019 – Keeps its spikelets all winter long. Pruned in mid-March. At last, good development this year!

2018- Emerged from the ground in mid-April. Shabby. Pulled up and put in pot in June. Fairly good development in the pot in July. 2 ears of corn in mid-August. Planted in the middle of the ophiopogons on September 1st. Nice ears.

2017 – Gift from Rob. Planted at the end of October in the south-east border.

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