Scientific Name Synonyms
crimson fountaingrass, fountain grass, fountaingrass
- Pennisetum setaceum is a perennial, bunch grass that grows from 3-4 ft. (0.9-1.2 m) tall.
- 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 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 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.
- Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant Working Group
- University of California, Jepson Flora Project
- University of Florida IFAS Extension
- California Invasive Plant Council
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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