Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'
Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'
Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'
Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'
Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'
Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'
Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'

Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'

"Fountain grass"

Pennisetum 'Dance With Me'

1 bare root — £2.98

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Description

This ornamental grass is calling to you! Although, Pennisetum 'Dance With Me' will dance in the breeze whether you join in or not. Commonly named fountain grass, probably for its habit of swishing its long, silvery plumes of fluffy flowers, it introduces a soft texture and billowing movement to your garden which really brings your planting scheme to life. This half-hardy perennial erupts a frothy display of tail-shaped flowers every summer, and once it's settled in you can look forward to seeing it establish over time into a chunky clump which provides months of interest and demands very little attention in return.

Best suited to mild or coastal areas—plant Pennisetum orientale 'Dance With Me' with other ornamental grasses to create a prairie look, or herbaceous perennials like Echinacea, Rudbeckia or Helenium to bring in some colour. This variety grows well in a sunny spot with sandy, free-draining soil. It's drought tolerant, therefore doesn’t mind being in a space which is typically very dry. Cut it back in autumn and new leaves and flowers will grow back the year after!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Drought tolerant

  • May need winter cover

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Pennisetum orientale 'Dance With Me'

  • Flower colour

    Silver, brown

  • Plant size

    3/5

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Large containers
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Dry

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost
    Stony

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Pennisetum 'Dance With Me' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Fountain grass" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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