'Hameln' Pennisetum Dwarf Fountain Grass

More compact and shorter than the species, 'Hameln' has finely textured leaves that are especially lovely when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun.

Soft, greenish-cream-colored panicles begin to appear in midsummer, a few weeks earlier than the species. This grass works most effectively in mass plantings but also can be used as an accent plant in gardens and in containers.

  • Fantastic Foliage
  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant


  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Medium
  • Garden Height: 2 - 3 Feet
  • Spacing: 1 - 2 Feet
  • Spread: 1 - 2 Feet
  • Flower Colors: Tan
  • Foliage Colors: Green
  • Foliage Shade: Green Shades
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Container Role: Filler


  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Mid Summer
  • Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9
  • Water Category: Low - Average Water Needs
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil, Fertile Soil
  • Soil PH Category: Neutral Soil, Acidic Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Mass Planting, Edging
  • Maintenance Notes: Pennisetum 'Hameln' prefers to be grown in rich loamy soil with good drainage and full sun. However, it will grow in rocky or sandy soil as long as it receives periodic moisture. This grass resents having "wet feet".

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc


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