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Elephant Grass

Posted by grasses2 z5 MI (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 29, 05 at 18:00

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.


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RE: Elephant Grass

  • Posted by Donn_ Z7, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 29, 05 at 18:35

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

RE: Elephant Grass

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?

RE: Elephant Grass

  • Posted by Donn_ Z7, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 30, 05 at 5:59

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.

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