Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'
Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'

Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'

"Fountain grass"

Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'

1 bare root — £2.23

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You can expect your order in March 2024

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Description

Set yourself up for a scene of dreams with beguiling Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails'. This soothing fountain grass is truly enchanting with its gently waving tall stems topped with fluffy, silvery tail-like flowers. It's a naturally beautiful ornamental grass and works like a charm in a mixed planting scheme—flowers breaking out in summer with the captivating semi-translucency of a magical mist, and transforming a static display into one which whirls and wafts.

This half-hardy perennial ornamental grass is best suited to areas with mild winters and coastal gardens with sandy, free-draining soil. It’s most at home in a sunny border and copes well with dry conditions. Pennisetum orientale 'Fairy Tails' introduces a soft haze among colourful herbaceous perennials, and also combines beautifully with other ornamental grasses like Stipa gigantea or Miscanthus. Enjoy the flowers right through autumn, then cut it back for winter. When protected from harsh winter weather, each year Pennisetum 'Fairy Tails' will grow back and do it all again!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Drought tolerant

  • May need winter cover

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Pennisetum orientale 'Fairy Tails'

  • Flower colour

    Silver, brown

  • Plant size

    3/5

  • Established height

    1-1.2m

  • Established spread

    70cm-1m

  • Plant spacing

    3 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 'Fairy Tails' 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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