Botanical: Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny'
Common: Ornamental 'Miniature Fountain Grass'
General Characteristics: Deer resistant, miniature plant. 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.
Tip: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Pruning time: spring. Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide winter protection for the crowns. Cut foliage back to the ground in the early spring just before the new leaf blades appear.
Use: Provides color and contrast to the perennial border, meadow or wild garden almost year-round. Miniature size makes this an interesting specimen for rock gardens and small areas. Now small gardener and courtyards can enjoy the beautiful fountain-like flowers of Fountain Grass. Plant as an accent with mixed perennials. Ideal for dry streambeds and around rocks in natural or wild gardens. Perfect next to water gardens, where it won't overwhelm the scheme. Grow in distressed cast iron, bronze or copper containers on porch, patio, balcony or perched on low walls. May be massed, grouped or grown as a small accent or specimen.