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Pennisetum orientale (Fountain Grass, Pennisetum)

Pennisetum orientale (Fountain Grass, Pennisetum)
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Type Grass, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Straw / bronze Flowers (Autumn), Light green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Half hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Pennisetum orientale - Cultivation Notes

This mid sized clump forming grass grows in any fertile yet well drained or sandy soil in full sun. Plant with other grasses or in mixed borders to give autumn interest.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Pennisetum orientale:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Pennisetum orientale:

  • Autumn flowering ornamental grass for late seasonal interest
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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View other grasses with straw / bronze flowers, or grasses with light green foliage

Common Missspellings: Penisetum, Penniseatum, Peniseatum

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