Chinese fountain grass

Chinese fountain grass is an ornamental grass, belonging to the grasses. There are some eighty species of this genus.

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  • Chinese fountain grass is non-toxic.

Chinese fountain grass(Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’), ornamental grass, belonging to the grasses (Poaceae). There are some eighty species. Most are found in the tropics, but a few species also do well in our temperate regions.
Chinese fountain grasses thrive best in sunny spots (out of the wind!) and are not picky about soil. They prefer moist, well-drained soil. To make heavy clay soil well-drained, it is best to mix it with sand and perhaps some gravel. Chinese fountain grasses do not like to be in the shade of other plants. They also do less well on slopes. Being native to arid regions, Chinese fountain grass is sensitive to excess water – especially in winter. During periods of frost, the plant must be protected: both from snow and from excess rainwater.
After winter, in early spring before the plant sprouts, remove dead leaves and old flower stems. Fertilize regularly (spring).


Chinese fountain grass has few problems with bugs.

Fungi & diseases

Chinese fountain grass has few problems with fungi and diseases.


Stems and culms weaken, soften and bend over: excess moisture causes root rot or mildew.