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Pennisetum alopecuroides

Genus Species: Pennisetum alopecuroides    

Common / Product Name: Swamp Foxtail or Chinese Fountain Grass

Habit:   TUFTS (TF)

Available Sizes

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.

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