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Scientific Name: Pennisetum setaceum
Pronunciation: pen-ih-SEE-tum suh-TAY-see-um
Common Name: fountain grass
Family Name: Poaceae
Plant Type: Annual, Poales (grass-like)
Key ID Features: Perennial to 1.5 m; leaves 30 cm x 1.5 cm, venation parallel, purple-black, with a green midrib below and a catching edge; spikelets arranged in a dense, purple spike (green leafed, white flowered cultivars also available).
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293, HORT 2355, Level 4 Apprenticeship

Habit: Arching, Open, Upright
Form: Mounded, Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Africa, Australia / New Zealand, South Asia / India
Hardiness Rating: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Low, Moderate
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Bedding plant, Container planting, Cut flower or foliage, Dried flower or fruit, Specimen plant
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown or on campus may include P. ‘Rubrum’ and P. ‘Purpureum’.
fountain grass
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Grass-like
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Parallel venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Rugose
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acuminate
Bases: Sheathing
Margins: Serrulate

Inflorescence Type: Spike-like, Spikelet
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Purple
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Jul, Aug

Fruit Type: Grain (caryopsis)
Fruit Colour: Brown, (Purple)
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Showy

Bark or Stem Colour:

Propagation: Seed, Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Rust, ( Pest resistant )
(BED) BEDding, container, or basket
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