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Pennisetum alopecuroides

Review Notes: Preferred common name: Chinese fountain grass 'Hameln'

Pennisetum can be annual or perennial, evergreen or deciduous grasses, clump-forming or spreading in habit, with linear leaves and narrow flowering panicles with conspicuous bristles.

Hameln is a clump-forming perennial grass with arching linear leaves and cylindrical panicles of bristly, purple-tinged spikelets in late summer.

Pruning
Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring.

Pests Generally pest free.
Diseases Generally disease free.


Soil Acid, Alkaline or Neutral. Moist but well-drained or well-drained. Chalk, Loam or Sand.


Aspect All aspects. Sheltered.


Propagation
Propagate by seed sown in containers in a warm glasshouse in spring or by division in spring.


Flowers: Pale Purple in Summer and Autumn.

Foliage: Yellow in Autumn.

Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen.

Suggested Plant Uses: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower Arranging, Flowers Borders and Beds or Low Maintenance.

Supplied Height Approx 6" 0.95 + P&P







Plant Type:- Grass
Colour:- purple-tinged spikelets in late summer and autumn

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