Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Pennisetum 'Hameln'
Pennisetum 'Hameln'

Pennisetum 'Hameln'

"Chinese fountain grass"

Pennisetum 'Hameln'

1 bare root — £2.23

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The charming grass Pennisetum 'Hameln', also known as the Chinese fountain grass, is one of the most popular of any of the late-flowering ornamental garden grasses. It's a clump-forming perennial, producing beautiful, long-lasting bottlebrush flower-spikes, in shades from buff to soft pinks and light maroon. These flowers protrude above the bright green foliage. In autumn, this foliage turns to a beautiful bright golden-yellow, and fades slowly until the depths of winter, by which time it will have died back. However, just a few weeks later, you will start to see the new growths emerging once again.

Pennisetum 'Hameln' is at its most impressive when mass-planted. However, it is also fabulous as a single specimen, or when growing as a patio container plant. Because this grass is looking its best in late summer and autumn, it is a good idea to grow it alongside early-flowering perennials or spring bulbs. Don't forget, too, its flowers are excellent for cutting—either for fresh or dried arrangements indoors. Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' is so highly regarded that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded it the coveted Award of Garden Merit.

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 alopecuroides 'Hameln'

  • Flower colour

    White, purple

  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position


  • Suitable for

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

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

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

    • Plant your "Chinese 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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The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year —in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better!

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