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PlantFiles: Oriental Fountain Grass
Pennisetum orientale 'Tall Tails'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pennisetum (pen-ih-SEE-tum) (Info)
Species: orientale (or-ee-en-TAY-lee) (Info)
Cultivar: Tall Tails

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive saya On Sep 21, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a joy to grow in your garden.. the 'Tall Tails' are waving with a slight breeze. The tails are long (30 to 40 cm). The plant is sturdy enough to withstand the heavy rainfall we've had this 'summer'. Very pretty. Update: It has increased. Slow regrowth starts end of may. I have left the 'tails' for winter view, but that was a big messy looking disappointment. It did not seed around, I' ve found only one seedling.
Update 2013: The clump has increased slowly and for my tiny city garden it began to look massive. So I've removed it to make space for new plants. This job is done relative easy and in the next season it shows it was also difinitely. I've found only sporadically seedlings that were easy to remove.


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

Cloverdale, California
San Leandro, California
Denver, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Johns Island, South Carolina
Missouri City, Texas

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