Pennisetum Alopecuroides – Swamp Foxtail Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides also known as Swamp foxtail grass, Foxtail fountain grass, Dwarf Fountain Grass and Chinese Pennisetum is a genus of recurrent grass local to Australia and Asia. Its culms are erect as well as sixty to hundred centimeter long; leaf blades are drooping or erect; conduplicate or flat, or involute’ and from ten to forty centimeter long by three to six millimeter wide.

Height: 1 meter high

Uses: Foliage, as well as attractive flower points of this decorative grass offer excellent color, texture, and contrast to the borders, foundation as well as open areas.

Planting tips: It can be grown easily in average, mid to damp soils in complete sun to partial shade. However it grows best in complete sun. It can tolerate partial shade, but might not blossom in much shade. You should cut plant to the ground level in the late winter ahead of novel shoots emerge.

Soil type: Prefers average to damp soil. Well drained soil is also essential for the best growth.

Pruning: Pruning should be done to take away the dead leaves or damaged branches.

Water requirement: It requires occasional watering

Feeding: You should feed it with general purpose fertilizer ahead of new growth starts in spring.

Pests and problems: It is generally a pest resistant plant.

Climate: Australia Wide

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