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Dwarf Fountain Grass

Dwarf fountain grass is a great addition to mass plantings. With its narrow, arching leaves, it adds vertical interest and texture. The seed heads are shaped like bottle brushes, adding even more to the overall effect.

Growing to about 2 feet tall, this grass is just large enough to make its presence known in the garden and draw attention to its attractive seed heads.

Ornamental grasses like dwarf fountain grass are growing in popularity all over. They are undemanding in the garden and give year round interest. Grasses add movement with the slightest breeze. Plant them anywhere you have a little extra space. Most insects and diseases don't affect ornamental grasses, so they truly are care free.

Landscape Ideas

dwarf fountain grass Plant dwarf fountain grass anywhere you need a little something special. They look great along ponds, added in with perennials or in mass plantings.

Put some along pathways or steep banks. Put this grass in mixed containers or use as a groundcover.

The seed heads can be dried or added to cut bouquets for some interest. This ornamental is perfect for those small gardens or tiny plantings along the side of a house.

It offers a fine texture that contrasts well with normal and large leaved plants.

Care And Planting Tips

Plant it in full sun in moist, well drained soil if possible. It will adapt to poorer soils however.

While the plant will live in partial shade, it will not flower or grow as vigorously as it will in full sun. In drought conditions, water this plant deeply occasionally to keep the leaves from twisting. The tips will brown in drought.

Prune back any dead portions of the grass clump to 3 inches above the ground no later than late March. You will be wise to use gloves as the serrated leaves can be sharp. Propagation is easily done by dividing the clump with a sharp spade or by sowing seeds. Seeds may not grow true to form.

This ornamental grass has few to no problems with insects or disease. This grass is tolerant of salt spray and wind that is prevalent in coastal regions.

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Grass Information

  • Scientific Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

  • Best Soil: Well drained

  • Light Needs: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage Color: Bright green

  • Flower Color: White with a tinge of copper; may fade to pink or maroon

  • Bloom Time: Late summer

  • Mature Size: Grows up to 1 to 2 feet tall and 12 to 18 inches wide

  • Watering: Widely adaptable

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

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