Pennisetum Desert Plains

Prairie Winds Series Fountain Grass, Millet
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Handsome finely textured green blades will demand attention in a sunny landscape. Prominent 5" long smoky-purple plumes age to tan. Appreciable fall foliage color in shades of deep red, orange, and gold. Pennisetum Desert Plains complements fall blooming perennials such as Helenium and hardy garden Mums. Not a seeder. Proven Winners® selections are trialed and tested to be colorful, long blooming, carefree and easy to grow.

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Patent PP20,751
Plant Type Perennials, Grasses
Species alopecuroides
Height Tall 3' (4' in flower)
Spacing Plant 3-4' apart
Bloom Time Early 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.