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PlantFiles: Black-Flowered Fountain Grass, Black-Seeded Fountain Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides var. viridescens

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Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pennisetum (pen-ih-SEE-tum) (Info)
Species: alopecuroides var. viridescens

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Category:
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Blue-Green
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Provides winter interest

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:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive wheatmaw On Oct 29, 2009, wheatmaw from Attleboro, MA wrote:

Black Flowering Fountain Grass- Pennisetum alopecuroides- "Moudry" This specimin blooms in mid to late fall and loves the sun. It grows in consistent soil moisture but prefers well drained soil. It grows to approximately 3 feet with 12 to 18 inch spacing. This ornamental grass is hardy zones 6 to 9. Special note: If the normal pruning methods do not provide seed heads of around 6 to 8 inches in length try burning the plant to the ground in early spring (in Southern Massachusetts around March 15 th, and provide minimal amounts of moisture and a 10-10-10 furtilizer. Beautiful ornamental and easy to care for. Dave Wilson, Massachusetts

Regional...

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

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
Heathsville, Virginia



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