Grass Weeds

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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