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Pennisetum orientale - Chinese Fountain Grass
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Asia, Central (Asia)
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Synonyms: [Cenchrus orientalis]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Pennisetum orientale (Chinese Fountain Grass) - A compact fine-textured winter-dormant grass to 18 inches tall with light green foliage and soft feathery pale pink flower spikes rising above the foliage from late spring through fall. It is a slow spreading rhizomatous grass which forms dense clumps. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Looks best with occasional watering but tolerates drier conditions as well. Hardy to around -10 F and useful to USDA Zone 6. Cut back in fall - winter. Useful as a standalone specimen or in mass plantings - great for edging a path and particularly nice when back lit. Though the type locality of this plant remains unknown it is thought to be native to central and southwest Asia to north -western India.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Pennisetum orientale.
 
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