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Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Cassian’
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Pennisetum

Fountain Grass

The soft inflorescences take their name from the Latin words penna and seta meaning feather-bristle. This lovely grass is a favorite, distinguished by arching, feathery bottlebrush flowers spilling over a cascading mound of foliage.

A warm season grower, Fountain Grass welcomes hot weather and is widely distributed in both tropical and temperate areas.

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Cassian’ full sun

Honoring German horticulturist Cassian Schmidt, this graceful midsized Kurt Bluemel selection sparks our interest through three seasons. Its compact fluid form sets the stage for fawn-colored bristlelike cylinders that softly linger just above elegant foliar blades. In a grand finale of arresting warmth, the autumnal leaves celebrate lavish gilded highlights and red hues, which definitely earns ‘Cassian’ a front row seat in our mixed border.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 3' high x 2-1/2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Cassian’ (G-0487)
Each $8.75
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