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Pennisetum Lumen Gold

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Lumen Gold'

Lumen Gold Fountain grass is a compact-growing perennial with year-round interest. Its foliage begins a light golden color that mature to an orange-gold color in the fall. Herbaceous perennial.

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Pennisetum Lumen Gold is a compact, mounding grass with year-round interest. In the spring, they produce arching gold leaves, and as they mature, the foliage turns to a lemon-lime color. Summertime brings light and airy plumes that soar above the foliage. When temperatures drop and fall arrives, these perennials turn to a golden-orange color that creates beautiful contrast when used among your garden shrubbery. 

This compact-growing fountain grass is perfect for locations in your garden that are small but need a touch of greenery because it only grows about 1 to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Plant your Lumen Gold Fountain grass in an area that receives full to partial sunlight, and water it when the top two inches of soil is dry.


Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Mature Height: 1 to 2 Feet
Mature Width: 2 to 3 Feet
Classification: Warm season ornamental grass
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Habit: Compact habit, mounding
Foliage: Golden in the spring, lime green in the summer, and golden-orange in the fall/winter
Flower: Brown, summer
Pruning Season: Cut down to 6 inches in the late winter / early spring
Soil Condition: Prefers dry soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Drought tolerant, ground cover, rain gardens, border or bed plant
Growzone: 5-8 Pennisetum Lumen Gold Hardiness Zone 5-8

How to Care for Pennisetum Lumen Gold

Before you purchase your Lumen Gold Fountain Grass plant, be sure to read the recommended care instructions to ensure your plant remains happy and healthy for years to come!

How do I mulch Lumen Gold Fountain Grass?

How do I mulch Lumen Gold Fountain Grass?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Lumen Gold Fountain grass with a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch, depending on your local availability. Any mulch will work; however, cypress or hardwood mulch are higher quality options that provide better nutrition overall as they break down. You should add a two to three-inch layer of mulch around your plant, but remember not to cover any part of the stem with mulch.

How do I water Pennisetum 'Lumen Gold'?

How do I water Pennisetum 'Lumen Gold'?

Lumen Gold Fountain grass thrives in dry, well-draining soil conditions. It is best to keep your perennial in a location in your garden that receives plenty of sun to help dry out the soil after a deep watering. We recommend that you water your plant once the top two inches of soil are dry. If you water before this time, you could overwater your plants and cause root rot disease. To avoid root rot disease you should ensure your plant is in well-draining soil so that any excess water can drain out and away from your plant's roots.

How do I fertilize Pennisetum 'Lumen Gold' Plants?

How do I fertilize Pennisetum 'Lumen Gold' Plants?

Plants such as Lumen Gold Fountain Grass grow best if they receive two fertilizer treatments a year- once in the spring and again in the early summer. They favor nutrient-rich soil and ample fertilization. If you live in the north, do not fertilize your perennial after August. Doing so will overfertilize your plant because it is so close to its dormancy period. During the late fall and winter, your plant will enter dormancy and will not require any fertilization. For an organic option, you can use commercial manure on the soil around your plants. If you choose a chemical fertilizer, make sure you do not apply it next to the trunk or stems emerging from the ground.

How do I plant Lumen Gold Fountain Grass?

How do I plant Lumen Gold Fountain Grass?

When you are planting your Lumen Gold Fountain grass, dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. Doing so will enrich the soil conditions and make it easier for your plant to establish. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill option because they retain too much moisture and cause root rot disease. Once your plant is in the ground, give it a deep watering.


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