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Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Honey'

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Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Honey') at Minor's Garden Center

Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass in fall

Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass in fall

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A fine textured dwarf fountain grass for smaller areas; variegated green and white foliage changes to gold in fall; blooms are bottle brush like cream plumes that mature to dusty gold; beautiful as an accent or massed in borders or rock garden

Ornamental Features

Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass has masses of beautiful plumes of creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to late fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves are green in color with showy white variegation. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous gold in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Little Honey Dwarf Fountain Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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#1 Cont. $13.99

 
 
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Flowers  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features
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