Dwarf Fountain Grass
The soft inflorescences take their name from the Latin words penna and seta meaning feather-bristle. This alluring 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.
Its compact habit and fine textured foliage make this one of the most popular Pennisetum cultivars. The foliar mound is very upright and dome-shaped, hosting blades that are darker than most Pennisetum alopecuroides. Appearing earlier than others in the species, a slew of plump woolly, slightly curved, creamy-green flower heads, arching at least a foot aloft, are borne on wiry slender stems. To heighten your garden drama, let ‘Hameln’ anchor a riot of Asters and Nepetas.
Blooms late July–October
Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.
Hardy to zone 6.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Foxtrot’
- Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Cassian’
- Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Ginger Love’
- Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Moudry’
- Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Piglet’
- Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Red Head’
- Pennisetum ‘Fairy Tails’
- Pennisetum massaicum ‘Red Buttons’
- Pennisetum orientale
- Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’
- Pennisetum orientale ‘Tall Tails’
- Pennisetum slopeduroides ‘JS Jommenik’
- Pennisetum spathiolatum