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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. Though not yet listed as such in all nomenclatural databases, recent treatment of the genus Pennisetum has all species included in the genus Cenchrus with Pennisetum orientale now called Cenchrus orientalis. Until such time as these new names become recognized in the horticultural trades, we have decided to continue to list this plant as Pennisetum orientale.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Pennisetum orientale.
 
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