Fountain Grass Hardiness - Knowledgebase Question

Naples, NY
Question by jojabart
November 10, 1999
Will my Pennisetum setaceum survive the winter? My yard has zone 4 and 5 microclimates.


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Answer from NGA
November 10, 1999

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Some varieties of Pennisetum are hardy from zones 5 to 9, while others are less hardy. For instance, Oriental Fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale) is hardy only to zone 7. Unfortunately, Pennisetum setaceum, such as the variety 'Rubrum', is even less hardy than that (Zone 9A). For a truly hardy perennial grass, consider some variety of Miscanthus instead.

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