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Other common names
African fountain grass fountain grass
purple fountain grass ruby grass
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
P. setaceum is a tufted grass usually grown as an annual, forming a mound of narrow, upright leaves, with slender feathery pinkish flower panicles
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline
Time to ultimate height
Grow in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Protect with a dry mulch in winter
Propagate by seed sown at 13-18ºC in early spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers
City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Prairie Planting
Pruning Cut back after flowering
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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