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Cenchrus alopecuroides 'Hameln' is often confused with:
Cenchrus alopecuroides Flowers
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Anigozanthos flavidus Flowers
Picea pungens Form
Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'

Cenchrus alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Previously known as:

  • Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Phonetic Spelling
SEN-krus al-oh-pek-yur-OH-ih-deez
Description

Fountain grass is an ornamental plant with a spreading, clumping habit.  'Hameln' is the more compact version of Cenchrus alopecuroides, with shorter flower spikes.  Its bottle-brush shaped seed heads are attractive and will last into winter, giving your garden some winter interest.  This plant is highly resistant to deer grazing. Its seeds are sterile. 

Pollinated by the wind. 

Can be grown as a container plant, providing the container is at least 3 gallon or larger. 

It will grow best in full sun but will tolerate part shade. Growing in the shade may lead to less flowering. 

Cut to the ground in late winter.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  No notable issues.

More information on Cenchrus alopecuroides.

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Tags:
#drought tolerant#resistant#winter interest#rabbit resistant#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#resistant#winter interest#rabbit resistant#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cenchrus
    Species:
    alopecuroides
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds are attracted to this plant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    The flower spike resembles a bottle brush.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The seed heads are very attractive, will last into winter.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Patio
    Pond
    Pool/Hardscape
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Drought
    Erosion
    Pollution
    Rabbits
    Wet Soil