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Pennisetum frutescens
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Pennisetum frutescens

Nekkid Fountain Grass

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Item #: 9501

Zones: 7b to 10b, possibly colder

Height: 84" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Argentina

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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Pennisetum frutescens is another great ornamental grass from Argentina that is virtually unknown in cultivation. Our 7-year-old clump is composed of sturdy, wire-like, glaucous stems, adorned with green leaves during the growing season. The clumps top out at 7' tall adorned, starting in mid-June and continuing into September, with floral spikes ending in 10" bronzy plumes. I particularly love the architectural form in winter when the leaves drop, exposing the wild and crazy nekkid stems. Thanks to California grass guru John Greenlee for sharing.