Pennisetum setaceum

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Pennisetum
Species: setaceum
Scientific Name
Pennisetum setaceum
(Forsk.) Chiov.
Scientific Name Synonym
Phalaris setacea
(Forsk.) Chiov.
Pennisetum ruppelii
(Forsk.) Chiov.
Common Names

crimson fountaingrass, fountain grass, fountaingrass

Overview

Appearance
Pennisetum setaceum is a perennial, bunch grass that grows from 3-4 ft. (0.9-1.2 m) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are narrow, elongate, flat, arching or drooping, up to 2 ft. (0.6 m) long. They are green to tinged purplish in color.
Flowers
Flowers are off-white/pinkish plumes that develop about 1 ft. (0.3 m) above the leaves. Flowering occurs in summer and continues through fall.
Fruit
Fruit and seed production begin in summer and continues through fall. Fruits are dry, purplish in color, and have long bristles.
Ecological Threat
Pennisetum setaceum is native to Africa and was introduced into Hawaii in 1914 and the southwestern United States in the 1940s. Plants were introduced as ornamentals and have now become invasive in the South.

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