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Dwarf Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’

OnlinePlantCenter 1 Gal. Little Bunny Dwarf Fountain Grass Plant

Common Name: Dwarf Fountain Grass

Type: Ornamental grass

Family: Poaceae

Zone: 5 to 9     Find Your Zone

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Width: 2 to 3 feet

Bloom Time: August to October

Bloom Color: whitish tan

Sun exposure: full sun to part shade

Fall Color: goldish tan

Soil: Tolerates poor to fertile, dry to wet

Leaves: deciduous

Deer resistant: Yes

Dwarf Fountain grass is much hardier than its relative, Purple Fountain Grass, which is considered to be an annual in most of the states. Dwarf Fountain grass is a perennial grass throughout most of the United States. It gets loaded with tan plumes and only growing 2 to 3 foot tall, it won’t overwhelm the area in which you put it. Like so many ornamental grasses, this grass looks great in rock gardens and dry creek beds. This grass has great drought tolerance but can also tolerate moist areas too.Take a look at our 12 Ornamental Grasses for Landscaping.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-07-12T15:41:32+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL