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Pennisetum purpureum 'Oceanside'

Giant Fountain Grass

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Item #: 4784

Zones: 8a to 10b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 120" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Eastern Africa

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

Move over Jack, and forget the beans...Pennisetum 'Oceanside' is here. Originally found by Richard Neufeld as a small population in Oceanside, California, this amazing introduction was shared by grass guru John Greenlee. From a deciduous rootstock, this fountain grass on steroids reaches 10' tall by the end of the season, despite dying to the ground in our climate. The bamboo-looking canes are adorned with large, corn-like, green foliage. In late October and until a hard freeze, the massive deer-resistant clumps are topped with non-seeding, cattail-like flower heads. Pennisetum purpureum 'Oceanside' is amazing where it is hardy or further north, dazzling as a tender perennial. Plant this in a container and stand back!