Pennisetum 'Hameln' Description
Fab flowers! Everyone loves ornamental grasses for their soft texture and dynamic movement in the garden. 'Hameln' fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) brings lovely soft "foxtail" flowers to your garden on top of all the other great features of an ornamental grass. They look delightful in the garden as well as in a vase, both fresh and dried.
Look to 'Hameln' (usually pronounced ham-lin) to bring an appealing compact form and a very long season of interest. It loves full sun and readily tolerates drought, as well as occasionally wet, soil. Resists damage from deer and rabbits, too.
Special features: Cut flower, Deer resistant, Dried flower, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fall color, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Multi-seasonal interest, Season extender, Winter interest
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- Botanical name:
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
- Common name:
Dwarf fountain grass
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- Height x width:
18-24" X 18-24"
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Accent, Alpine and rock, Container gardening, Edging, Erosion control or embankment, Ground cover, Massing, Ornamental, Rock garden, Slopes, Small spaces, Under planting,
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
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Soil: Easily grown in average, medium to wet soil
Light: Full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but may not flower in too much shade.
Water: Medium -- Once established, will adapt to poorer soils with occasional drought. Occasional deep watering is needed during periods of drought in summer to keep the foliage from rolling and twisting, and it is common to see the tips of the foliage turn brown during these times.
Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
Fertilizing: Small amounts of fertilizer are needed for ornamental grasses. Too much fertilizer will increase the nitrogen level and that can lead to lodging or flopping over. The best time for applying fertilizer is in the spring, just as growth is resuming. About one -quarter cup, per item, of a 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer is enough to take care of the plant needs throughout the entire summer. For best results, make sure you thoroughly water in the fertilizer.
Winterizing: Can leave foliage standing for winter. Shear the dead portions back to 3-4 inches above the ground by late Mar. to allow the new growth to emerge unhindered.
Maintenance & pruning: About every 3-4 years, propagate by division of the clump into several pieces in early spring (after shearing the dead foliage away) and discard the center of the clump (and any other peripheral portions which have died).
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