African fountain grass

Pennisetum setaceum | Also known as: Purple fountain grass, Pennisetum ruepellii | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

You're Ghana love the African fountain grass. It's good Togo in beds, borders or edging.

Pennisetum setaceum or African fountain grass is a beautiful ornamental grass that features upright or gently arching slender blades. The flower panicles range from purplish-pink to ivory in colour. They are elongated and resemble soft bristle brushes. African fountain grass should be planted in areas of full sunlight within loamy or sandy soil that offers good drainage. This is a versatile grass that can be used to good effect in a variety of garden designs. Place it within courtyard gardens or city gardens, it also works well in coastal or cottage gardens. This is an excellent low-maintenance plant for beds and borders or for edging and it can also be grown in containers.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.45
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Dense
  • Mound-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-11
Heat zone
  • H12-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Grasses, ferns & bamboo
  • Grasses
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • For Beginners
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • City
  • Prairies
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years
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