Scientific Name: Pennisetum orientale
Common Name: oriental fountain grass
Family Name: Poaceae
Origin: South Asia / India
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like)
Mature Size: 0.4 - 0.7m x 0.6 - 1.0m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Dense, Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Cut flower or foliage, Dried flower or fruit, Fall interest, Group or mass planting, Perennial border, Rock garden, Small garden/space, Specimen plant, Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Grass-like, Alternate, Soft flexible, Parallel venation, Linear, Serrulate
Flowers: Spikelet, White, Pink, Aug-Sep
Fruit: Grain (caryopsis), Brown, Silver, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Grass tall, up to 60cm tall; leaves 3-5mm wide, mid-green, ridged, raised midrib underside; panicles fluffy, fuzzy, arching, tan, Aug-Sep; fruit, Sep-Oct.