Botanical: Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'
Common: Ornamental Fountain Grass
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.