Fountain Grass (Pennisetum spp.)
Fountain Grass Plant FeaturesFountain grass, with its graceful arching leaves, makes an amazing landscape or container plant that blends well with almost any annual or perennial flowers. Fountain grass can grow 2 to 3 feet tall, forming lovely plumes of pretty flowers in the late summer. It's a super-easy plant to grow in any sunny spot. There are many varieties of fountain grass available; the hardiest ones will grow in cold-winter areas of zone 4. The more tropical varieties, which tend to have purple foliage, are only hardy in Zones 9-10, but are typically grown as annuals in the North.
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Fountain Grass Growing InstructionsPlant fountain grass in a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sun a day. Fountain grass is not fussy about soil type, but if you are growing in in containers use a commercial potting soil mix. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. If you are growing fountain grass as a perennial, feed it with some slow-release granular fertilizer in the early spring. In the North, toss the tender varieties in the compost pile after the first freeze blackens the foliage.
Fountain grass is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Medium water needs
Super-easy to grow
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