Feathertop

Pennisetum villosum

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Some Pennisetum villosum feathertop grass in the wild
profile iconPennisetum villosum 001
by Dinkum (CC0)
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Pennisetum villosum is a deciduous grass species in the grass family, Poaceae. It is perennial but frequently grown as an annual species due to its half-hardy nature, it produces narrow, straight foliage. Flowers are cylindrical and feathery in appearance, coloured green-white and developing to a more purple colouring with age. It has a tufted habit and is hardy to -5 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun, in well-draining soil for optimal growth. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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Planning

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring.

Seed

Sow in spring.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand, Loam, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Poaceae

Flower colour

Purple, White, Green
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