Pennisetum alopercuroides

(Photo by Cambrielle Sanders)

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Taxonomy (1)

Classification: Angiosperm, monocot
Family: Poaceae
Common name: Fountain grass

General Information (2,3)

Region of Origin: Japan and East Asia
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Growth Habit: Herb

  • Size: 1-1.5 feet 
  • Flowering: August to October

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (2)

  • Other: 50cm long

Flower (2)

  • Size: 10-20cm
  • Inflorescence type: Raceme

Fruit (2)

  • Color: Tan

Horticultural Information (2)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • pH: 7
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for


1) Ohio State University (2013). Pennisetum alopecuroides. Retrieved from
2) Radford, A. E., Ahles, H. E., & Bell, C. R. (1968). Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
3) Missouri Botanical Garden (2013). Pennisetum alopecuroides Little Bunny. Retrieved from

Prepared by Cambrielle Sanders as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek