Elephant Grass

grasses2(z5 MI)June 29, 2005

A friend has what he calls elephant grass growing in front of his home. Is Pennisetum purpureum (elephant grass) hearty enough to survive in z5?

If not, does anyone know of a grass that is called elephant grass that would be?

Thanks for your help.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If it's really Elephant Grass, it isn't hardy in your zone. It doesn't tolerate frost, at all.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 6:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
grasses2(z5 MI)

Thanks Donn
I didn't think Pennisetum purpureum was hardy in z5. Is there another grass that might have a common name of Elephant Grass or a grass that people call elephant grass because of the look?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 7:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Grasses2..I don't know of another Elephant Grass, but there's another grass called Pennisetum setaceum 'Purpureum' which is also not hardy in your zone.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 5:59AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What type of ornnamental grass is this? Pruning Needed?
1. Curious as to what exact type of Fountain Grass...
Beach grasses great online/cataloge companies
We need to landscape our home in a beach community...
Pink Muhly Grass Doesn't Bloom
I have 2 pink muhly grass plants. They are about 3...
Maiden grass
Is maiden grass too invasive to be nearby a septic...
Looking for ornamental grass
Would like to start some ornamental grass plugs or...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™