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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' ('Hamlin')
Fountaingrass, Hameln Fountaingrass
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.
9 - 5
5 - 9
3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
Eastern Asia, Australia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Light Green, Ivory
Tan, Sandy Brown, Ivory
Green, Light Green
Green, Light Green, Tan
Tan, Sandy Brown
Cutflower, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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