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Pennisetum macrouruna tail feathers fountain grass

Review Notes: Tender Perennial, treat as an Annual.
Flowers: Graceful creamy-white bracts. June to frost.
Foliage: Clump-forming, Green in Summer
Height: 50-60cm (18-24”)
Spread: 50-60cm (18-24”)
Position: Full sun to partial shade.
Aspect: All aspects. Exposed or Sheltered
Soil: Light, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil.

P. macrouruna “Tail Feathers” is a beautiful tussock forming grass that produces an abundance of long, thin, bristly flower heads in summer that start off white and gradually turn to a pale straw colour. Its leaves are pale green on the surface with a silvery underside.

In perennial beds, Pennisetum can provide an upright form and help blend colours together. They provide a texture and colour contrast against evergreen shrubs in winter and a soft green background for blooming plants in summer.
Loved for its form and its bristly seed heads, fountain grass is one of the easiest grasses to grow and a staple of many gardens. The flowers last throughout summer and well into winter.

It is a fairly tender perennial often used as an annual and is hardy down to about -5*C, so if planted in a sheltered spot, may survive the winter, otherwise it can be grown in large pots and moved to a cool greenhouse over the winter months.

Cut back old foliage in spring as new growth appears in the centres of plants.
Feed in summer with single dressing of a dilute general fertiliser. Even without an annual feed, most grasses will put on a first-rate show. The more nitrogen grasses receive the greener and further they'll grow. Do not over do it…their spreading habit is fine in a field, but in a garden they may become too lush and the flower quality may suffer.

Cream Falls can be dried and make interesting focal or secondary flowers in dried arrangements. To dry, cut the flower at the height of bloom and hang upside down in a cool, dark place to dry.

Plant Uses:
Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Foliage only, Prairie planting. Flower arrangements. Low Maintenance or Mediterranean

Supplied Height Approx 6" €0.95 + P&P

Plant Type:- Grass
Colour:- start off white and gradually turn to a pale straw colour
Flowering Period:- May to Sep

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Photographer:- Philip Hunt, Ardagh, Co. Limerick
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