Botanical Name: Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
Common Name: Hamelm Fountain Grass  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition



Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Water Garden, Native Garden


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Perennial Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Hameln fountain grass is a dark green, fine textured grass, slightly more compact then Moudry. It forms a tight, compact mound 1-1/2 to 2 feet in height, and has creamy tan flowers that emerge early to mid summer. Flower plumes are creamy white against green grass-like foliage growing 2 to 3 ft. tall. Very effective when planted in mass.
Fountain grass are very adaptable, growing in just about any soil as long as it is well drained and in full sun. They perform the best when they are in fertile, loamy soils and receive regular watering. As with other grasses, cut them back in late winter, see the Guides for details. A very tidy grass, well suited to more formal sites and shrub borders, but it also holds its own in raucous perennial borders, providing a valuable bridge between blooming seasons and into the winter months.