Pennisetum species are native to Africa and Asia as well as other tropical, subtropical, and temperate environments worldwide.



Cenchrus→Fountain Grass (Cenchrus alopecuroides)

Common names:
Fountain Grass
Chinese Fountain Grass


Botanical names:
Cenchrus alopecuroides Accepted
Pennisetum alopecuroides Synonym
Pennisetum alopecuroides var. viridescens Synonym
Cenchrus compressus Synonym


General Plant Information
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: about 4 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 5 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: purplish-tan
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Height: about 4 feet
Foliage Mound Height: about 3 feeet
Underground structures: Rhizome
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil