fountain grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides

Perennial fountain grass is very popular but may not be hardy in northern Iowa. It has very showy flowers that sway gracefully in a breeze. Several horticultural selections are available. In some areas of the United States, this grass may become invasive through reseeding.

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Fountain grass 'Hameln,' Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport. 9 Sept 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

Annual or perennial: perennial

Origin: Asia

Height: 1-5 feet

Hardiness: zone 4-5

Habit: clumping

Moisture: moist

Propagation: division

Light: light shade to full sun

Flowering: August-October

Uses: specimen and larger plantings, fresh and dried flowers

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Fountain grass. Reiman Gardens, Ames. 23 Sept 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

 

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