Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
- Dwarf Fountain Grass
'Hameln' is the oldest cultivar of Pennisetum alopecuroides.
Use it wherever the straight species would be too tall. Blooms earlier
than the species, making it a better choice for gardens with a short
'Hameln' is a dwarf form of Fountain grass. We have strived to keep
our strain pure as there are now varying heights sold under the name
Description: warm season*; clump forming
Foliage is green; 7mm (1/4") wide; 50-75 cm (20-30") in height
Flowers in July through September; 75-100 cm (30-40") tall
Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade; moist
well drained soil; will grow in any soil except those that are poorly
Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone;
further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: Coreopsis, Sedum, old garden roses,
Season of interest: July to winter
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once
every 2 weeks); further info
Recommended spacing between plants: 50-75cm (20-30")
why such a difference?
When to divide: when it shows signs of
life in the spring, continuing until the new growth is about
12" tall; only in the spring (further
info on dividing grasses)
When to plant or transplant: plant bare root plants
only in late spring to early summer, when the soil
is warm, about the same time you plant your bean or corn
seeds. The roots will grow only in warm soil. Planting too
early in the spring may cause the roots to rot. Similar
story in the fall when the roots may not grow enough to
establish before the cold and wet of winter, resulting in
the demise of the plant.
When to cut back: before the new growth
starts to appear, but after the cold weather is over. Cut
back to about 3-4" from the crown of the plant.
Pronunciation: Pennisetum (pen-ih-SEE-tum) alopecuroides
*a warm season grass likes to grow in warm weather. Before it will
show signs of life in the spring, the soil must warm up, and be warm
for possibly as long as two weeks.
Compare Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' to our
other grasses in this handy