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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Black Beauty' (Chinese fountain grass 'Black Beauty')

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.7m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Black Beauty'

Other names

Chinese fountain grass 'Black Beauty'

Genus

Pennisetum Pennisetum

Variety or Cultivar

'Black Beauty' _ 'Black Beauty' is an upright, clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass with flat, linear, dark green leaves, turning yellow-brown in autumn, and, in summer, narrow, oblong panicles of purple-black flowers turning pale golden-brown with age.


Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Black Beauty' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Dark-purple, Flushed black in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Yellow-brown in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Black Beauty' (Chinese fountain grass 'Black Beauty') will reach a height of 0.7m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Planted in groups, Prairie planting, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in light, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. May need winter protection in colder areas.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Black Beauty'

Other names

Chinese fountain grass 'Black Beauty'

Genus

Pennisetum Pennisetum

Variety or Cultivar

'Black Beauty' _ 'Black Beauty' is an upright, clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass with flat, linear, dark green leaves, turning yellow-brown in autumn, and, in summer, narrow, oblong panicles of purple-black flowers turning pale golden-brown with age.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Dark-purple, Flushed black in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Yellow-brown in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Black Beauty' (Chinese fountain grass 'Black Beauty') will reach a height of 0.7m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Planted in groups, Prairie planting, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in light, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. May need winter protection in colder areas.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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