Dwarf Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
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|Mature Height:||2 to 3 feet|
|Mature Width:||2 to 3 feet|
|Classification:||Warm Season Ornamental Grass|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Foliage:||Rich red in spring, turning greenish red in summer|
|Flower Color:||Pinkish White beginning in August|
|Pruning Season:||Cut down to 6 inches in the late winter / early spring|
|Soil Condition:||Prefers average soil but will tolerate wet soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Drought tolerant, ground cover, Rain Gardens, Will grow under Black walnuts, Can be used to stabilize soil on slopes|
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Pennisetum Hameln or Dwarf Fountain Grass is an attractive ornamental grass featuring dark green foliage and Tan white flower spikes that persist through winter providing Winter interest.
Using Pennisetum Dwarf Fountain Grass in the Landscape
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.
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Pennisetum Hameln plants that you 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 a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Pennisetum Hameln to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungi and pathogens that can cause root rot. We truly love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.
Frequently Asked questions
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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.