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Ornamental Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Moudry’

Moudry’ is an ornamental fountain grass, which typically grows in graceful, spreading clumps to 2-3′ tall and as wide. It is most noted for its distinctive dark purple flower spikes. Showy, purplish-black, bristly, bottle brush-like flower spikes arch outward from the clump in late summer like water spraying from a fountain (hence the common name). Features narrow, medium to deep green leaves (to 1/2″ wide) in summer, changing to golden yellow in fall and fading to beige in late fall. Foliage usually remains attractive throughout the winter. Flower spikes turn brownish as the seeds form, and spikes usually persist until late fall or early winter before shattering.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 2-3'
Spacing 2-3'
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full-Partial Sun
Foliage Dark Green
Flower Purplish-Blackish to Brown
Bloomtime August-October

General Information +

Botanical: Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'

Common: Ornamental Fountain Grass

Family: Poaceae

General Characteristics: Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. It grows best in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but may not flower in too much shade. May freely self-seed in optimum growing conditions to the point of being considered invasive. Seed plumes may be removed before seed ripens if this grass is located near beds or lawns where self-seeding would be a problem. 'Moudry' does not reliably come true from seed, however, and should be propagated by division. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear. 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: Divide when it shows signs of life in the spring, continuing until the new growth is about 18" tall; only in the spring. 

Use: Specimen, group or mass. Foliage and attractive flower spikes of this ornamental grass provide excellent texture, color and contrast to borders, foundations and open areas. Also grows well in moist locations such as peripheries of water gardens, ponds or streams. Leaves colorful. Good cut flower. Good dried flower. Good fall color. Winter interest. Will naturalize. Attracts birds.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: 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.