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Pennisetum alopecuroides

swamp foxtail grass

A clump forming perennial grass to 1m in height and 60cm in width. Rough textured mid to dark green leaves and feathery, yellowy-green to purple flowerheads to 14cm in length.
originThere is current debate as to whether this species is native to Australia or not.
cultural notesNaturally occuring in moist boggy areas and along watercourses. Prefers full sun.
maintenanceThis species self-seeds readily and can become invasive.
toleratesTolerant of frost, poor soils and innundation.
flowering seasonSummer and Autumn.
flower colourFeathery yellow-green to purple flowerheads to 20cm in length, held above the foliage on erect stems to 1m.
foliage colourGracefully arching mid to dark green linear foliage to 80cm in length. Rough in texture.
widthup to 0.6m
heightup to 1m
water depthedges and marshland
plant spacing30cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive wet area plant. This plant is potentially invasive. Before planting, contact the local council or landcare in the area to check the local status of this plant.

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