Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass

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Graceful and Flowing Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass

  • Compact Perennial Grass
  • Fluid Arching Green Stems
  • Pink Tinted Bottlebrush Blooms
  • Attractive Fall Color
  • Full Sun and Partial Shade
  • Great Water Garden Addition
  • A Natural Add On to Any Rock Garden
  • Drought Tolerant and Cold Hardy

Perennial grasses are a popular choice for garden fillers, but some growers are hesitant to add such plants to their garden. Perennial grasses get a bad wrap for seeming uninteresting at a first glance, but it doesn't take a master gardener to appreciate what they bring to a garden space!

The Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass (pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian') aims to change fountain grasses reputation altogether. This compact fountain grass plant is quite a bit more charming than the average grass cluster, featuring bold bottlebrush blooms and high aesthetic appeal.

Fountain grass is a warm season ornamental grass known for its long, drooping grasses topped with foxtail brushes full of seeds. The Cassian variety of this fountain grass is a specialty pick for both a stunning set of fall colors tied with compact dwarf growth.

The unique blooms of this plant begin to show explosive pink bottlebrush blooms as summer fades. As fall begins in full force the green foliage turns to glorious oranges and reds that will display the beauty of autumn well into winter.

Winter brings out an unexpected aspect of beauty from this grass. The yellow and brown fountains of bristly seed clumps look amazing drooping a foot taller than the fresh snow.

There's no need to install a costly water feature. If you're looking for the upward growing texture with a unique twist, Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass is for you. Order today!

How to Use Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass in the Landscape

The Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass naturally grows very compact, making it a great fit for tight empty spaces between flowering shrubs. Use this technique to make the most of your island garden's limited space, or make for an attractive border.

The arching growth of this fountain grass makes it a perfect fit for container growth. Proper container placement around doorways or paths makes an attractive welcome for any who enter.

Try planting in the middle of the container or centered towards the back to give the shorter, colorful perennials a delightful background!

The hardiness of this plant makes it a perfect fit for your typical rock garden. When accented against the stones and neighboring plants the pink bursts atop the stems of this grass really pop.

Plant a couple of tufts on the sides of your garden bench and create the perfect fall photo opportunity!

This grass is great for mass plantings around borders and edges of beds for a lower-level accent of taller plants or trees. This planting method could benefit your yard in winter too, as the Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass looks great against fresh snow.

#ProPlantTips for Care

If left unattended, the long, arching stems of the Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass can spread just a touch, losing some of its compact potential.

Any pruning attempts should be made in the early spring, before the grass has left dormancy but after the worst of the winter's frost has come and gone.

The best way to prune is to take your favorite pair of sharp pruning shears and cut the grass all the way back to the ground. Don't worry, it'll grow back just as strong as before, year after year!

This perennial grass is fond of water, but there is a limit to what it can handle. Be sure to plant this perennial grass in well drained soil, but so long as there is no standing water this plant should grow healthy and strong.

This grass is deer and rabbit resistant, but is still susceptible to certain insects. Keep an eye out for damage that may be caused by aphids, spittlebugs and other 6-legged pests.

The Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass is a versatile and survivable addition waiting to find a new home in your backyard. Order your own perennial grass from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Cassian Dwarf Fountain Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian's Choice'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Yellow, Orange
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No
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