Pennisetum alopecuroides Desert Plains

Prairie Winds Series

Fountain Grass, Millet

$14.95 ea. (3+ discount) $14.50 ea.

Fall 2022

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Plant Code: PEDP

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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.

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Type: Perennials, Grasses
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
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy
Flower: Not Applicable
Patent: PP20,751
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • OK in Containers
  • Winter Interest

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.