Pennisetum orientale, the oriental fountain

Oriental fountain grass seed pods swaying in the wind

Oriental fountain grass is one of the most trendy grasses.

Oriental fountain grass facts

Name – Pennisetum orientale
Family – Poaceae
Type perennial, grass

28 inches (70 cm)
Exposure full sun
Soil ordinary

Flowering July to October

Caring for it is easy and the blooming is wonderful from summer to fall.

Planting oriental fountain grass

Preferably in spring.

Nonetheless, you can plant in fall and summer but avoid periods of strong heat and freezing cold that might compromise the growth of your plant.

Pruning and caring for oriental fountain

Cut the dried leaves short at the end of winter.

  • This will make it easier for new shoots to pop up, especially the beautiful flower panicles.

All there is to know about oriental fountain grass

Oriental fountain grass is quite unique thanks to its flower that resembles a caterpillar.

This grass bestows us with a magnificent inflorescence formed into panicles. Its tender green leaves evolve as the seasons turn to look quite like ripe wheat in fall.

Set it in full sun to decorate beds, edges or mounds.

Smart tip about oriental fountain grass

Mineral mulch makes the superb foliage stand out and will hinder weed growth.

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