Green Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)


Green Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides

  • A classic ornamental look
  • Small to Medium sized clumping accent grass
  • Attractive, airy plumes
  • Very low maintenance plant
  • Adds a radiating, fine-textured effect in landscapes

Beautiful, dependable and versatile, these are just a few of the reasons why Green Fountain Grass is such an excellent choice for all types of landscapes. From eastern Asia, their botanical name is Pennisetum alopecuroides, and this fast-growing, clumping ornamental grass is valued for their soft, flower spikes and shiny green leaves that fade to yellow in the fall. People like to cut the flowers for a vase. We like to plant them lined up for edging or as a showy focal point. We also like to use them in borders, near entranceways, and in group or mass plantings. The flower spikes also look particularly dramatic when backlit and paint a scenic picture when a summer breeze sways the airy plumes.

Green Fountain Grass is a very low maintenance plant. They prefer to grow in a spot that gets plenty of full sun exposure, and they tolerate drought as well as air pollution. Once established, they have little to moderate watering needs, and since it grows well in moist locations, they add a nice touch to water gardens, ponds or streams. If you are looking to add a trouble-free plant with lots of charm and character, consider Green Fountain Grass!

Need additional guidance on where and how to plant the Pennisetum alopecuroides fountain grass? We offer free home and business landscape design consultations at our nurseries throughout Houston. Big Tex Tree Nursery grows the perfect plants for our area, and we can assure their quality. Our nursery pros will be glad to help you handpick the perfect trees, shrubs, and other plants, and relax as the Big Tex professional planting crew does the work of ensuring proper planting for a beautiful landscape!


Graceful perennial grass that reaches 3-4’ high

Rose tinted, narrow plumes stand above light green foliage