Pennisteum?? ID w/pic

OKGirl80May 26, 2011

I've looked everywhere for some fountain grass other than the Rubrum variety. The last nursery I stopped out told me these are fountain grasses. They had to go pull them out of one of the green houses, and they are not labeled. I'm skeptical about it.

I am needed something pretty full and round at the base. They are in beds in my front of my house and need to block the view of the damaged skirting that will be replaced this winter. I have two about 3.5' apart with a zebra grass in the corner where the deck meets the house.

Any suggestions?

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It's hard to tell, because the photo is so small, but it looks more like a Miscanthus than a Pennisetum. It doesn't have a fountain-like habit.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 12:29PM
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I'm a total novice to anything landscaping related, but I've read through every page on this OG forum the last couple days, and I Had decided it was probably a Misc of some sort. Will it accomplish what I'm going for? I need to figure something out to go in front of and centered between the two.

I'm attaching a bigger image of the grass for reference as well.

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    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 1:10PM
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The grass in that photo will more than fill the space which is visible in the photo. It should be 3' away from the house and have as much room on every side.

I can't tell how deep the bed is, but if it's around 3' deep you'll need small versions of Miscanthus and Pennisetum, or even smaller grasses like Carex varieties etc..

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 2:01PM
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After looking at more pictures online, I'm almost positive this is 'Gracillimus'. I should have gone with my gut, and not bought them. They were just planted yesterday. Would they survive if I was to move them to another location? Its not going to give the look I was hoping for at all. My front bed has the PFG spread out between some whiskey barrels, and other planters, as well as some Blue Fescue.

This is the reason I have neglected to do any landscaping since we tore out the old stuff 10 years ago. I see exactly what I want online and on landscaping shows, but I'm never able to mimic it on my own. Guess I need someone to draw me a map of what to plant where.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 3:04PM
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If you just planted them yesterday, it's safe to move them now. They haven't grown any roots at all.

It does look like one of the fine-bladed Miscanthus varieties like 'Gracillimus.' I have half a dozen of them scattered around my property, and they are a beautiful grass. 3' clearance on all sides is the minimum for them.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 3:08PM
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Thanks so much! Guess I'll go out and find a place to move them, then go hunting for some Hameln's.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 3:23PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I've purchased many grasses online from Santa Rosa Gardens. They often have sales too. Just a thought.....

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 11:07AM
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