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

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Chartreuse/Yellow

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:

Non-patented

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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.