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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' (Fountain grass)

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny'

Fountain grass

A compact growth habit and finely textured foliage make this one of the most popular Pennisetum cultivars. Tidy tufts of foliage are topped in late summer with fuzzy cream-colored blooms. A trouble-free and reliable garden plant that combines well with shorter summer bloomers.

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' - 50 per flat $56.65
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1 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Fountain grass Interesting Notes

Chocolate Ruffles, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Bahama Butterscotch, Fudge Sundae, Honey Glaze, Jambalaya, ummmm. . . .Mouth-watering recipes from a new cookbook? Guess again! These are the names of plants that feature the sweet and spicy shades of brown. Why include brown in the garden? If you grow old-fashioned yellow and brown bearded iris, plant flowers in clay pots, leave your ornamental grasses and allium seedheads intact for winter interest, or line your garden paths with shredded bark, you are already using some form of decorative brown in the garden, perhaps without realizing it. The growing popularity of ornamental grasses and dark leafed coral bells have expanded the color possibilities of foliage in the garden; hybridizing programs for bearded iris and daylilies in particular have extended the coloring of flowers to include honey and ginger, cinnamon and chocolate, cayenne and curry, all of which, when used judiciously, can add spice to the color garden.


On the painter's palette, brown is a neutral tone, created either by the uneven mixing of complementary colors, or the ancient tradition of using burnt earth to supply tones of ocher, sienna, and umber. While brown in nature can often be a sign of dormancy or death, it can also possess a rich vibrancy and supple quality when it occurs in healthy living plants. Brown is the color of nuts and seeds and pods; our cooking spices are the ground form of the seeds, nuts, pods, roots and bark of exotic plants.

The pale salmon and buff peeled bark of the river birch 'Heritage' (Betula nigra) offers year round beauty and can be accented in the landscape by underplanting it with the shade tolerant Ajuga 'Bronze Beauty' and the bronze edged leaves of bishop's hats (Epimedium ). Direct the eye to the bark's rough beauty by placing an natural wood bench beneath its branches and creating a stone or rust-stained paver path to that destination. Line the path with a mix of salmon and cinnamon flowers and foliage that act as a color echo to the bark. In May, the gloriously rich blooms of iris 'Appolodorus' and the pastel tints of oriental poppy (Papavar orientale) 'Springtime' offer a showy counterpart to the peeling bark and fresh green leaves of the birch. Clouds of ivory and buff inflorescence sprout throughout the summer from clumps of the dwarf Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' and 'Little Bunny' planted along the path, interspersed with the green arching foliage and apricot and peach flowers of daylilies 'Belle Amber' and 'Peach Fairy' and accented by the cinnamon bronze leaves of Carex flagellifera, a
dwarf New Zealand sedge. (

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' Growing and Maintenance Tips

P. alopecuroides occurs in open lowlands and grasslands throughout eastern Asia. Somewhat drought tolerant once established, but prefers consistent moisture with good drainage in a range of soils in full to partial sun. Tolerates wind and salt spray. Propagate by division in spring. Cut back in early spring to promote new flush of growth. Most effective in masses, rock gardens and as a groundcover or edging.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Propagation Type
Grass Type: Warm Season
Moist Sun