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Pennisetum macrourum


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Pennisetum macrourum
Description

Pennisetum macrourum (African Feather Grass) is a tussock-forming grass, that is native to South Africa, but has naturalised in Australia and New Zealand. Its leaves are pale green on the surface with a silvery underside. In summer, clumps produce long, thin, bristly flower spikes resembling rats' tails. These start off a pale white and gradually turn to a yellow straw colour. This variety isn't completely hardy and needs a sheltered position with free-draining soil to thrive. If you live in a cold area, grow in large pots and move into a cool greenhouse over the winter months. This is an arching plant that has an ultimate height of 90cm and spread of up to 50cm. It can take 2-3 years to reach its ultimate height.

Pennisetum is a genus of ornamental grasses in the family Poaceae, native to both tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. They are large perennial, occasionally annual grasses, growing 1–4 m tall, and are collectively known as Fountain or Feather Grasses.

 Main Features
 
Type Ornamental Grass Hardiness Hardy with Shelter
Flower Colour Cream Size (H xW) 90 x 45cm
Flowering Season Autumn Pot Size 9cm
Foliage Green Growth Rate Medium Growing
Foliage Type Deciduous Soil PH Neutral
Soil Type Well drained AGM No
Position Full Sun Habit Clump Forming
 
 Cultivation Notes
The plant prefers a sheltered situation. Pennisetum macrourum grows in soils ranging from a pH of 6 to 8. It is adapted to clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers medium fertility.
 
Uses: Architectural, dried flower/fruit, drought resistant, flowering shrub, borders and wild effect or prairie planting.