Pennisetum Cayenne™

Fountain Grass
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Longest and Later Blooming
Longest and later blooming toasted-brown bottlebrush plumes rise just above rich-green arching blades beginning in mid-summer. Fountain grasses add a calming atmosphere as they sway with a summer breeze. P. Cayenne is a sterile introduction that does not self-sow. Pennisetum Cayenne is beautiful planted in sweeping masses or also shines as a specimen plant. Perfect for full-sun borders. The seed heads can be used as a lovely addition to fresh and dried flower arrangements. Developed by Wayne Hanna at the University of Georgia, it is the longest and latest flowering of his introductions.

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Patent PP31,097 'TIFT PA18'
Plant Type Perennials, Grasses
Species alopecuroides
Height Tall 3 1/2-4' (4' in flower)
Spacing Plant 4' apart
Bloom Time Mid-Summer to Mid-Fall
Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Soil Type Normal, Sandy
Water Needs Low
Sold In Plantable Pots

Special Features

  • Deer Resistant
  • Winter Interest

Planting Sites

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • OK in Containers

Pennisetum General Information

Pennisetum are prized for their arching multitude of bottle-brush seed plumes over tidy cascading foliage. Showy and easy to grow; they are lovely alone, in groups and in containers. The slightest breeze produces movement. Great for drying. Good for hot dry spots. Not prone to reseeding. Ornamental Grasses are restricted from Idaho and Oregon. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Pennisetum Plant Care

They prefer good drainage with full sun or light shade and will even grow in rocky or sandy soil as long as it remains fairly moist. Can be divided in spring when needed. Cut back in early spring leaving 3-5" of previous year's growth.