Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Pennisetum Hameln is an attractive ornamental grass featuring dark green foliage and pinkish white flower spikes that persist through winter providing interest.
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Pennisetum Hameln is an attractive ornamental grass featuring dark green foliage and pinkish white flower spikes that persist through winter providing intrest. Its dried flower spikes in winter stand out against the winter sky or fresh fallen snow. With its green foliage, it is the perfect plant to use as a specimen or plant en masse to provide a bold wave of foliage that moves with the summer breezes. The overall size of the Pennisetum Hameln is easy to blend in to the perennial border without overwhelming smaller flowering plants. Pennisetum Hameln is ideal for locations where larger grasses cannot grow or would overpower the view. Pennisetum Hameln's compact growing habit and finely textured foliage make this one of the most popular warm season grasses.
Warm Season vs. Cool Season Grasses:
Cool Season Grasses
Cool season grass will start to grow early in the spring and may even remain semi-evergreen over the winter. Cool season grasses also seem to do better and have better foliage quality when temperatures are cool or if they are given sufficient water during drought periods. If they are not watered during drought, they tend to go dormant resulting in brown foliage. These grasses may require more frequent division to keep them healthy looking and vigorous. If not, they tend to die out in the center. For the ones that remain semi-evergreen, you should only cut off the brown or winter injured foliage in the spring.
Warm Season Grasses
Warm season grasses will do better during warmer times of the year and remain good looking even when temperatures are high and moisture is limited. Warm season grasses do not begin to show growth until the weather becomes stable and the soils warm. The previous seasons growth usually browns out in the fall requiring the cutting back of plants to about 4-6 inches in the spring. Warm season grasses usually do not require as frequent division as cool season grasses.