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Ornamental Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’

Hameln’ dwarf fountain grass. Showy, silvery to pinkish-white, wheat-like flower spikes arch outward from the clump in late summer like water spraying from a fountain. Flowers that look like ‘feather-bristles’ truly gives a fountain like appearance. ‘Hameln’ features arching, deep green foliage in an upright mounded, clump typically growing to 24″ tall.

Leaves are deep green in summer, changing to golden-bronze in fall and eventually to beige in late fall. Foliage usually remains attractive throughout the winter. Flower spikes turn brownish as the seed forms, and spikes persist until late fall or early winter before shattering. Great cut flower for fall arrangements. ‘Hameln’ is a Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association Growers Choice Award selection for 2000.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 24"
Spacing 18-24"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Full Sun
Foliage Dark Green, Arching
Flower Greenish White flowers
Bloomtime Mid Summer

General Information +

Botanical: Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Common: Hameln' Dwarf Fountain Grass

Family: Poaceae

General Characteristics: A low-maintenance, non-invasive grass, 'Hameln' has a compact, clump-forming habit. The foliage has a fine texture and should be trimmed back in the spring to a height of 3-5". It is drought resistant once established and does not self-sow. 'Hameln' does it's most active growing in the warmer part of the season and also does well in cold climates. Dwarf Fountain Grass can reach 2-3 feet in height with a 1-2 foot spread at maturity. This grass is ideal for locations where larger grasses are not desired such as in a mixed perennial or shrub bed. 'Hameln.' This is the standard in the nursery trade due to its compact habit (dwarf, to 2 feet high and wide). It flowers about two weeks earlier than the species. Do an annual March pruning of the dead foliage to just above the ground. Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Deer Resistant.

Planting Instructions: Prefers a moist, well drained soil in a sunny position. It can tolerate light shade. Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the root meets the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. A slow release fertilizer may be used each spring, though it's not necessary.