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PENNISETUM alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Image of Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' ('Hamlin')

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Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

PENNISETUM alopecuroides 'Hameln' ('Hamlin')

Plant Common Name

Fountaingrass, Hameln Fountaingrass

General Description

The neat, compact habit of Hameln fountaingrass makes this tough perennial a great selection for sunny summer borders. In spring, plants form neat clumped mounds of arching, pale to medium green, blades. From summer to fall, large feathery flower spikes of ivory arise from thin arching stems. Both its leaves and flowers turn a wheat color in autumn and persist through winter, but should be cut back in spring.

Fountaingrass grows its finest in full sun and average, well drained soil. It looks best when planted in masses and mixes well with Monarda, Rudbeckia and late blooming salvias. Smaller cultivars like ‘Hameln’ work well for edging or as container plants. Its long-lived flower plumes make wonderful additions to fresh or dry arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Green, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes