Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln

Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln


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Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln is a charming, compact ornamental grass that forms a low, rounded mound. In late summer it has long-lasting, soft, pinkish, bottle-brush or catkin-like flowers that resemble squirrels' tails, and seem to shimmer in the breeze. The flowers, which are popular with flower arrangers, turn silvery as they age, and the bright green leaves turn yellow in autumn.

Hameln is a popular perennial, one of the best grasses for adding movement to your garden. Excellent when planted in drifts, it is also useful as a specimen plant for an accent, or in pots. It is effective as an informal hedge. Because it is a fairly undistinguished plant until the flowers appear, underplant with spring bulbs or pair with early flowering perennials such as verbenas or sedums.

Intrigued by the name? 'Hameln’ refers to the Pied Piper's town of Hamelin, in Germany.

Pot Size: 3L

Common Name: Fountain Grass

Hardiness: Frost hardy (protect from winter frosts in cold areas)

Height and Spread: 70cm x 60cm

Preferred Soil Type: Any well-drained soil

Position: Full sun

Care: Tidy dead foliage in spring