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Cenchrus alopecuroides

Previously known as:

  • Pennisetum alopecuroides
Phonetic Spelling
SENCH-rus al-oh-pek-yur-OH-id-eez
Description

Fountain Grass is a clumping herbaceous perennial utilized in massing, as a specimen plant, or in bed borders. Leaves are strongly arching and turn yellow in the fall. This plant needs 3-4' spacing between plants. It is not as weedy as Pampas or Maiden Grass, and this plant will not flower in dense shade. This plant prefers full sun in moist, well-drained soils. However, it is tolerant of light shade and has no serious pest or disease problems. This plant is also highly resistant to deer grazing and is slightly salt tolerant.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Clumping erect grass with arching green-brown leaves
  • Inflorescence a reddish-brown raceme of spiklets
  • Bottlebrush raceme reddish brown
  • Spiklets awned with bristles

 

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#birds#songbirds#weedy#cut flowers#salt tolerant#apvg#mass planting#playground#flower arrangements#dried flowers#cpp#deer resistant#children's garden#borders#beds#pollinator plant#grass like#fantz#fall color yellow
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#birds#songbirds#weedy#cut flowers#salt tolerant#apvg#mass planting#playground#flower arrangements#dried flowers#cpp#deer resistant#children's garden#borders#beds#pollinator plant#grass like#fantz#fall color yellow
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cenchrus
    Species:
    alopecuroides
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East Asia, Western Australia
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts birds
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer browsing.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Ornamental Grass
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Mounding
    Open
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
    Fruit Description:
    Seed is in the form of brown grain which break open after a hard freeze and naturalizes readily.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is a raceme of spikelets that are elongated cylindrical resembling a bottlebrush or fox tail. Spikelets yellow-green to reddish-brown, or silvery pink, and have 1-2 flowers. Bracts are awned with elongate bristle. Good in fresh or dry arrangements and shatters before winter.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves grow near the base of stems, are alternate, simple, sheathing, linear, scabrous, bright green, and up to 2' long and .25" wide. Amber yellow fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Poor Soil
    Salt
    Problems:
    Weedy