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PlantFiles: Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pennisetum (pen-ih-SEE-tum) (Info)
Species: alopecuroides (al-oh-pek-yur-OH-id-eez) (Info)
Cultivar: Hameln

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Jan 31, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This cultivar, and pretty species from East Asia, is commonly planted in the Midwest and East US. This cultivar is more compact growing than the mother species, making a big rounded mound. It bears a large number of the bottlebrush type of flower-seed heads in later summer onward. It is soft and easy to dig up and reset when needed, as if the middle of the clump eventually dies out as is common with many clump grasses. It unfortunately can self-sow a lot. I think Fountain-grasses and Eulalia-grasses (Miscanthus) are over-planted and I'd like to see more native American species planted in American gardens, as Switch-grass, Dropseed, and Bluestems.

Positive JonthanJ On May 28, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Here on the north edge of its hardiness range, on soils a bit heavier than it likes, this has done well enough for me. In the sandy soil in the garden at church, it did much better. I like to just burn them off on a dry day in March. The pugs like to play in the clumps.

It does appear that there are some seedlings. The species grows larger and makes more seedlings, but I planted this selection first and saw more clumps before I set out clumps of the species.

Negative chataine On Mar 16, 2012, chataine from Royse City, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Surely there are good places for this plant, but I am very unhappy with the landscaper who put four of them in my front beds. It gets huge--easily 4 feet tall and 5 feet across. Its a water hog. It self-seeds prodigiously. It grows in ever-widening concentric circles around a dead center. Its a great hotel for fire ants. It laughed at the grassy weed killer I poured on it. I finally had to dig them all out, and am still recovering from the whole experience.

Positive sueroderus On Jan 2, 2011, sueroderus from Bluffton, SC wrote:

This is one of my favorite grasses. Mostly because it is a true dwarf. It can be used in a lot of places that other grasses are too large for. Just a great looking grass that is easy to grow in my zone 8b.

Neutral kizilod On May 2, 2007, kizilod from Uxbridge, MA wrote:

I think this grass looks like a weed early in the season. I ended up moving mine to a less prominent place in the border where I can still enjoy the gorgeous inflorescences arching behind other plants. The grass turns a light tan color in the winter. The inflorescences do not last the entire winter, but hold together for several months after the first frost.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Auburndale, Florida
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Champaign, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Logansport, Indiana
Princeton, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Valley Lee, Maryland
Reading, Massachusetts
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Commerce Township, Michigan
Lincoln, Nebraska
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Trenton, New Jersey
Holmes, New York
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Painesville, Ohio
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Okatie, South Carolina
Cookeville, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Haltom City, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Roanoke, Texas
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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