Genus Species: Pennisetum alopecuroides
Common / Product Name: Swamp Foxtail or Chinese Fountain Grass
Habit: TUFTS (TF)
Height x Width: 0.8 – 1m x 1m
Pruning: Light Medium
Frost Tolerance: High
Clay & Heavy Soil Tolerance: Medium / Well Drained
Coastal Tolerance: Medium
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Origin: Asia to Western Australia
Evergreen: Tufting perennial
Flowering: starts: Early Summer
Flower Colour: Pale whitish purple spikelet’s
Irrigation: Yes water during dry periods.
Lower Temperatures: Once established has good tolerance to cold. Temperatures as low as -5°C, leaves will burn however plant has good recover. To rejuvenate growth cut back after frost period is over.
Upper Temperatures: Temperatures to the Mid 30’s°C to Low 40’s°C.
Fertilising: Use a slow release fertilizer annually.
Environment: Plants selected suitable for Melbourne surrounds and southern states of Australia.