Dwarf Fountain Grass

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Easy Style Ornamental Dwarf Fountain Grass

  • Year-Round Interest
  • Great Accent in Perennial Borders
  • Foliage Looks Like a Grassy Fountain
  • Buff Colored, Seed Head Plumes
  • Coppery Fall Color
  • Easy to Grow and Maintain
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Widely Adaptable

For a fabulous accent in an easy care landscape, try the compact ornamental Dwarf Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'). You'll love the graceful flower spikes and splashy foliage.

Narrow, arching leaves sway in the slightest breeze and truly gives a fountain-like appearance. Use in mass plantings, in large containers, or as an edging plant to soften the perimeter of a mixed shrub border.

Starting in mid-summer, bristly, buff-colored seed-heads thrust up and out of the foliage. They'll shine and sparkle for you in sunlight, so be sure to use a few where the rays of the setting sun will touch them.

It's a great plant to use on the west side of a patio. The setting sun gilding the plants add a wonderful display for you and your guests at the end of the day.

The mature flowers last until winter freezes shatter the seed heads! The coppery russet fall foliage remains attractive throughout the winter, so wait until the spring to cut it back. Just watch as the pretty fountain of foliage turns bright green in early spring to welcome a new growing season.

Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the United States, 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 as a grass.

This selection does not come true from seed, but self-seeding is only a problem in certain regions that provide ideal growing conditions. Don't worry, Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™ to protect communities against any plant material that may be regulated in your area.

The lovely, flowing look of this grass will provide nearly year-round landscape appeal. Order enough Dwarf Fountain Grass to complete your entire project today!

How to Use Dwarf Fountain Grass in the Landscape

Try this sophisticated, compact grass around the yard in containers. Plant at least one in every garden bed. You'll tie your whole landscape design together. And aren't you clever? This eye-catching plant is so easy to grow.

Dwarf Fountain Grass makes a great plant to use at moments of transition in your yard. It will soften the change from front to side yard, or from patio to path. With rounded, breezy, natural appeal, it will catch your eye for a long beat and visually ease the trail.

It's also the perfect accent for any mixed perennial garden plantings. Establish a great perennial bed with Dwarf Fountain Grass along walkways, paths or as erosion control on a steep hillside.

You'll easily add a tremendous amount of texture to borders, foundation plantings or to fill open space in a mass planting. Plant 2 feet on center in a zig-zagging planting pattern to create a solid fill in a season or two. Measure from the center of one plant to the center of the next.

This is the idea fill plant for commercial plantings because of its low maintenance requirements. It's tolerant of drought once established in your soil.

Interestingly enough, Dwarf Fountain Grass will also tolerate wet conditions. Use it near water gardens or in Rain Gardens. Add it to dry or wet stream beds or around a pond.

Dwarf Fountain Grass is a perfect Thriller in containers. Add color and texture to a patio with containers repeating across the width or flanking either side of a garden path. Try lining a staircase with a series of containers. Try a single plant to smaller containers to spill around the base of larger potted plants.

There are few gardens that can't use at least one of these dramatic little charmers. Order today!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Pretty Dwarf Fountain Grass aren't fussy about soil requirements. They are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant. Use Dwarf Fountain Grass in urban environments without fear.

Give it full sun and well drained soils. If planted in partial shade, little or no flowering will occur, but the beautiful foliage color will be consistent.

Adapted to many different climate zones from Zones 4 to 11, this plant is without a doubt one of the most adaptable of all the grass varieties. In Zones 4 and 5, it is best planted in more winter protected areas with lots of morning sun.

In Zones 10 and 11, it is best planted with protection from the hot late afternoon sun. Mulching to 2 to 3 inches deep around the plants will also help to keep the roots cool in the hotter summer locations.

Don't miss out on our inventory of these expertly grown grasses. Order Dwarf Fountain Grass from Nature Hills 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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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From To S&H
0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Dwarf Fountain Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Mature Height 1 - 2 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly No