Botanical: Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Common: Hameln' Dwarf Fountain Grass
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.