Grasses add textural interest to any border and this fountain grass is particularly good for the sunny border. Pennisetum orientale is noted for its attractive pinkish-white flowers spikes which rise above the mound of foliage in late summer. The foliage turns yellowish after frost, but quickly fades to straw-beige by winter. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest. It looks particularly good when planted with large-leaved perennials for contrast.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: purple, gold, burgundy
Great Color Partners: cream, dark green, variegated
Culture NotesThe lovely grass needs full sun to flower its best and it will tolerate a hot location. Planting in rich well-drained or sandy soil is preferred, avoiding wet locations. Once established it only requires occasional watering during dry weather. It can be pruned to the ground in fall or winter when the seed heads lose their attractiveness.
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Plant Type: grass
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: pink
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering