Black Lea® Pennisetum alopecuroides
- Australian Native with beautiful unique black flower heads
- Great feature in any garden
- Excellent for attracting native birds
Description: Black Lea® Pennisetum produces amazing black feathery flowers that are showy and contrast with its dense green foliage. It has a clumping growth habit with beautifully arching leaves. NOTE: Do not get this native Australian Pennisetum alopecuroides confused with the invasive African variety (P. setaceum). The native Australian varieties have a much wider plume than the exotic variety, and are non-invasive making them a safer choice. In ideal conditions this variety has the possibility to regenerate from seed (e.g. Northern NSW/QLD in warm/wet winters, wet areas and excessively irrigated gardens). It is not an invasive weed, however if you experience these conditions and prefer to avoid regeneration, remove spent flower heads as required and dispose of correctly.
Size: 60 – 80cm high x 50 – 80cm wide, Flowers up to 1.2m.
Planting Density: 2-6 plants per m², 1-2 plants per linear metre.
Uses: Mass or accent plantings for borders, rockeries and low maintenance gardens.
Position: Full sun to part shade. Black Lea® Pennisetum suits sandy to light clay soils. Frost tolerant. Top up watering recommended in times of drought.
Care: Water as required for 8-13 weeks until established. Plant in a well mulched garden (chunky mulch is recommended). Use slow release fertiliser in late winter. Trim back annually to 1/3 the size in late autumn to winter.
Where it works: NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA, WA & TAS.
Top Black Lea® Wholesale Growers
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This website gives general information for the states/regions in Australia. For local information on which plants work in your area contact your local grower. Local grower knowledge is vital, this website is no substitute.
Heights shown on the website are for general gardening conditions. In well maintained gardens, some plants will get taller.