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PlantFiles: Fountain Grass, Dwarf Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny'

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: Little Bunny

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive echinaceamaniac On Aug 3, 2011, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

Adorable dwarf grass. It's very hardy and easy to grow. Even if you lost one over the winter, you could easily divide the survivors and make many more! Looks awesome with Echinaceas and other flowering perennials. It saves space too!

Negative myriban On May 9, 2010, myriban from Northeast region, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted 3 of these at the edge of a perennial garden in front of a rose bush last year and only 2 are still alive. Our winter wasn't that bad either. The 2 survivors also appear slow to green (it's mid May) with only 2 or 3 green blades showing. They are fabulous looking dwarf grasses for small places and I love them but it would appear that they aren't very least not in zone 6b. I am going to dig up the 2 that survived and put them in containers on the patio. I will replace them with variegated liriope which I have had success with in this area.

Positive ifonly On Sep 7, 2006, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

I planted this a few years ago in my Connecticut garden and pretty much ignored it, as it did nothing special. Until this year. Hmmm. Did I plant two or did this bunny do what bunnies do? Regardless, there are two of these little guys looking awfully charming next to one another. Lots of flowers - seedheads? - this year. Very cute.

Negative RoyB On May 31, 2004, RoyB from New Hyde Park, NY wrote:

Sorry to say plant did not survive tough winter 2003-2004 on western Long Island, NY.


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Brookfield, Connecticut
Ewing, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Brick, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
Richfield, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Conway, South Carolina
Medina, Tennessee
Lewisville, Texas
Missouri City, Texas

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