Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Fountain Grass-Dwarf

Pennisetum alopecuroides ÔHamelnÕ

Photo Credit: Susan Martin

Pennisetum alopecuroides ÔHamelnÕ

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery


Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Fountain Grass-Dwarf

One of the most widely planted selections, this grass blooms a bit earlier and is a bit shorter than the straight species. It forms a graceful, fountain-like clump of finely textured, deep green foliage that takes on warm tones in fall. Fuzzy, cream plumes top the foliage through fall.

Plant Details

  • Zone: 5 - 9
  • Height: 24-36"
  • Spread: 24-36"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid-Fall
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: White Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Not native to North America
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: No
  • Bee-friendly: No
  • Attracts butterflies: No
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Plant Details

  • Zone: 5 - 9
  • Height: 24-36"
  • Spread: 24-36"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid-Fall
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: White Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Not native to North America
  • Bee-friendly: No
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: No
  • Attracts butterflies: No
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Grower Information

Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants vary widely by type. Cool season grasses are generally best planted in the fall prior or in late winter/early spring in the greenhouse. Warm season grasses can be planted in spring and summer for same-season sales. Sedges grow best when planted in spring and summer rather than the fall prior.

Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants grow well in a wide range of growing media types, provided there is adequate moisture-holding capacity and good drainage. While getting established in their finished containers, most prefer to be kept moist, but not saturated.

  • PowerPlug Size(s): 32s, 72 Deep
  • Optimal Planting Time: Spring
  • Retail Sales Window: Fall, Summer
  • Moisture in Production: Average, Consistent
  • Requires Shade in Production: No
  • Vernalization Required for Bloom: No
  • Vernalization Beneficial: Yes