Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass Tree

Growth Facts

Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
A perky Fringe with sweet little foxtail plumes.

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Over a bazillion sold! Hameln Fountain Grass is one of the most popular Fringes you can buy, and it’s easy to see why. This perky people pleaser makes a neat mound of rich green foliage followed by fun plumes. The plumes arise in mid- to late summer and look like little foxtails. When the sun shines through them, they sparkle so brightly, they appear to be producing their own light. At about 2 ½ feet tall and wide, Hameln is big enough to make an impact, but it never gets unwieldy or outgrows its space. You can pop it in just about anywhere!

Growth Facts

The Story

Fountain Grass once grew only in Japan, China, and in other countries in eastern Asia, but it was only a matter of time before Westerners got their hands on this stellar plant and began planting it in their own gardens. Europeans were into Fringes before Americans were, and German nurserymen and women especially were pioneers in developing and introducing new Ornamental Grasses for landscapes. That’s why this Fringe has a German name. It was named after the town in Germany that we know as Hamelin. (The German spelling is “Hameln.”) If this sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because it’s also the town that sparked the medieval folktale, The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The Details

Hameln Fountain Grass shines as a single specimen in a mixed border, and it looks sharp in a decorative container, either alone or potted with other plants. However, it looks even better as a mass planting, preferably in front of a dark background to show off the creamy-buff plumes. When the sunlight illuminates the foxtails, it’s pure magic!

How to Grow

Part of Hameln Fountain Grass’s popularity is due to the fact that it’s so easy to grow. Plant this low-maintenance Fringe in a sunny spot in well-drained soil, and water regularly to keep the root zone moist but never soggy. Feed in the spring with an organic fertilizer, such as Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer. Avoid harsh chemical fertilizers. In late winter, cut any lingering foliage to the ground to make way for fresh new growth. Be patient—Hameln Fountain Grass likes warm weather and is slow to emerge in the spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 3'
Avg Mature Width 2'
Fall Leaf Color Gold
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass Tree