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PENNSTRIPE™ Pennisetum is a variegated native grass with feathery plumes

PENNSTRIPE™ Pennisetum is a variegated native grass with feathery plumes

PENNSTRIPE™ Pennisetum is a variegated native grass with feathery plumes

PENNSTRIPE™ Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘PAV300’ 

First Variegated Australian Native Grass

Pennstripe™ Pennisetum is a showy, compact clumping perennial grass with narrow arching leaves and spectacular feathery flower plumes from summer to autumn. These foxtail looking plumes are a great reason to grow this plant, but couple this with it’s main feature, and Pennstripe™ Pennisetum becomes a must for anyones garden.

The main feature of this variety is its stand out variegated foliage and compact form. Pennstripe™ Pennisetum grows to approximately 45cm x 45cm, which is 3/5 the size of the common form. It’s wonderful variegated foliage presents great contrast for other green, blue or red foliaged plants.

Pennstripe™ Pennisetum is the first variegated Australian native grass.

Environment
An environmentally friendly Australian native excellent for attracting native birds. So far Pennstripe™ Pennisetum has not produced a viable seed. We have to grow it from division, and not seed, which makes this native grass highly desirable.

Uses
Mass plantings, accent plant for rockeries and borders. Low maintenance gardens. Plumes are suitable for dried arrangements. Colour contrast against other plants.

Position
Tolerates a wide range of soils and climatic conditions, including poorly drained soils. Grows in full sun or part shade. Frost and drought tolerant, and humidity tolerant. Suitable for almost anywhere in Australia, including Northern Queensland, Perth and Tasmania.

Care
Trim to 1/3 the size preferably in April/May or when required. Fertilise with a slow release native fertilizer in late winter. Mulch well.

 

GROWER KNOWLEDGE:
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:
Heights shown on the website are for general gardening conditions. In well maintained gardens, some plants will get taller.

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