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Fountain Grass

Pennisetum spp.

Also known as

Kikuyu Grass

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Fountain Grass Overview

Pennisetum is no longer recognised as a genus. Plants once included are now considered part of the genus Cenchrus.

Common problems with Fountain Grass

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to harvest Fountain Grass

    Since the inflorescence are suitable for dried and fresh arrangements, harvest cut linear leaf at the base. When harvest as a food or a crop, leaves can be cut at the base either by hand or using machinery.

    How to propagate Fountain Grass


    Divide in late spring or early autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. Pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame.


    Sow seed in early spring in warm soil and finely cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 3 weeks.


    Rhizomes are the major means of spread in most species. Cultivation or grubbing are used and the detached rhizome sections can form new plants.

    Special features of Fountain Grass

    Attracts useful insects

    Insects such as butterflies and flies.

    Pot plant

    They add beauty to decorative containers, given sufficient drainage holes.

    Drought resistant

    Generally drought tolerant.

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Fountain Grass


    In African traditional medicine the seed is used to treat chest disorders, leprosy, blennorrhoea and poisonings.


    The genus includes pearl millet (P. glaucum), is grown as a grain crop and is an important food crop.

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