Crimson Fountain Grass & Swamp Foxtail Grass
Pennisetum setaceum; Pennisetum alopecuroides
A very popular landscape grass, it is now an offence to sell, propagate or knowingly distribute Pennisetum setaceum.
- Family Poaceae
- Origin Africa, Eastern Australia
- Habit Tufted or clump-forming perennial grass to 1m.
- Leaves Thin leathery, arching leaves to 80cm long, with prominent veins.
- Flowers Inflorescence spike-like and feathery, purplish, at the end of long canes. Flowering time: Summer-Winter. P. setaceum – seed heads to 30cm long, P. alopecuroides – seed heads to 8cm long.
- Fruit Both species strongly self-seed. Some new varieties are claimed to have low seed viability.
- Roots Fibrous and shallow.
- Dispersal Seed spread by water, wind, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
- Control In bushland situations: Hand dig (bag seed heads), Foliar spray. In the garden: cut flower heads before seeding, bag and dispose of by deep burial at a waste management centre.
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