Pennisetum setaceum, African Fountain Grass or Tender Fountain Grass

Pennisetum setaceum, also known as African Fountain Grass or Tender Fountain Grass, is a perennial grass that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and the Middle East.



It is a popular ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes, known for its attractive and showy appearance. The grass forms dense clumps of narrow, arching leaves that can grow up to 60 centimeters (24 inches) in length. In the summer and fall, the grass produces feathery, purplish-pink flower spikes that rise above the foliage, creating a fountain-like effect. African Fountain Grass is a low-maintenance plant that can tolerate a range of soil types and light conditions, although it prefers full sun and well-draining soil. It is often used as an accent plant or in mass plantings, and its dried flowers are sometimes used in floral arrangements. However, it can be invasive in some regions, so it’s important to check with your local authorities before planting it.


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