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    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Pennisetum setaceum

African fountain grass

African fountain grass

© RHS 1995

  • Other common names African fountain grass
    fountain grass

    purple fountain grass
    ruby grass

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  • Synonyms Pennisetum rueppellii

  • Family Poaceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details P. setaceum is a tufted grass usually grown as an annual, forming a mound of narrow, upright leaves, with slender feathery pinkish flower panicles

  • Plant range Africa Asia




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How to grow

Cultivation This plant is subject to strict controls as an invasive non-native species under the EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species. As a result the RHS strongly recommends gardeners not to grow it, and consequently do not provide advice on how to cultivate it. If it is already present in your garden there is no requirement for you to eradicate it, but you do need to take utmost care with managing it and with disposing of unwanted material


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