Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Woodside'
Chinese fountain grass 'Woodside'
A clump-forming grass with narrow dark green leaves to 60cm long, turning buff in winter, and oblong panicles of pinkish-purple flowers in late summer and early autumn
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Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
West–facing or South–facing
- Native to the UK
Pennisetum can be annual or perennial, evergreen or deciduous grasses, clump-forming or spreading in habit, with linear leaves and narrow flowering panicles with conspicuous bristles
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How to grow
Grow in a light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil. May need winter protection in colder areas
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring
Generally disease free
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