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Pennisetum macrourum

Posted by scottyboipdx 8 (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 31, 11 at 18:05

Hi All!
Ever since visiting the Montreal Botanical Garden last fall, I've been searching for a source for the grass Pennisetum macrourum (African Feathergrass)...below is an image I took at the garden:

I finally found a seed source online, but after researching a bit more, it looks like it's only hardy to zone 9...and in those zones is considered a noxious weed...does anyone have any experience growing it?

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RE: Pennisetum macrourum

  • Posted by donn_ 7b GSB LI N (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 1, 11 at 7:19

I haven't grown it yet, but I love its look, and may give it a try. Heronswood lists it as zones 6-9, and Emerald Coast Growers as 7-10.

I've found listings for cultivars called 'White Lancer' and 'Tail Feathers.'

It doesn't seem to be generally available at on-line nurseries, but wholesalers Emerald Coast Growers and PerennialMarket list it, so it may start showing up soon.

RE: Pennisetum macrourum

Thanks Donn...I knew someone would know more than me! Maybe I'll take the risk and get those seeds after all and give them a try.

Thanks again!

RE: Pennisetum macrourum

Update: Bluestone Perennials lists this grass, and it's currently 50% off. I just ordered 6 of them at $3.75 each.

Here is a link that might be useful: 'White Lancer' at Bluestone

RE: Pennisetum macrourum

Thanks, Donn!
As luck would have it, I found some last fall at a local nursery that specializes in grasses, Wind Dancer Garden :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Wind Dancer Garden

RE: Pennisetum macrourum

I bought a bunch of grasses from Wind Dancer at the Hardy Plant Society sale the last two years. Nice ones. :)

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