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A picture of a Feathertop

Feathertop

Pennisetum villosum

Pennisetum villosum 001 by Dinkum (CC0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Feathertop

A close up of some Pennisetum villosum feathertop grass
A close up of some Pennisetum villosum feathertop grass in the wild
Some Pennisetum villosum feathertop grass in the wild
A photo of Feathertop

Feathertop Overview

Pennisetum villosum is a deciduous grass species in the grass family, Poaceae. It is perennial but frequently grown as an annual species due to its half-hardy nature, it produces narrow, straight foliage. Flowers are cylindrical and feathery in appearance, coloured green-white and developing to a more purple colouring with age. It has a tufted habit and is hardy to -5 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun, in well-draining soil for optimal growth. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

How to propagate Feathertop

Division

Divide in spring.

Seed

Sow in spring.

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