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Pennisetum purpureum 'Oceanside'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Pennisetum purpureum 'Oceanside'

Giant Fountain Grass

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Item #: 4784

Zones: 8a to 10b

Height: 120" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Eastern Africa

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


Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.


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!