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propagating perennials: Pennisetum-Fountain Grass, Pearl Millet
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pennisetum-Fountain Grass, Pearl Millet

Propagating Pennisetum or Fountain Grass is done in the spring by digging up the clump, dividing the plant and then transplanting. Be aware to cut back the stalks in the fall to 12" above ground, because it can be a prolific self seeder. It is a perennial in Zones 8-10, an annual anywhere else. It will take salt spray and drought, prefers full sun in a well draining soil. It reaches a height of 36" but there is a variety, “Piglet” that grows to 18". It will bloom in late summer and depending upon variety, either silver or burgundy color, to early fall and is deer resistant. Different varieties have different colored leaves, green, cream and purple.

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