Pennisetum belongs to the extended family of ornamental grasses, commonly known as fountain grasses, and sports beautiful dark featherlike spikes. The plant originates in Australia and East Asia. Its Latin name Pennisetum describes how the plant grows: penna means feather and seta means hog bristle. Place the plant in a sunny spot in the garden and ensure the soil never dries out. The plant is winter hardy, however to protect it against frost only prune the leaves and spikes in spring. After cutting in spring, the new leaves will quickly form and the beautiful 'hog feathers' will arrive again in summer.
- It is possible to prune the plant in the spring and summer.
- Light, sunny spot.
- Keep damp, compost must not dry out.