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Cassian Pennisetum

3 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 35746
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Brilliant fall foliage!

Feathery blooms turn from soft pink to tan over 3 seasons.
Certainly one of the most beautiful Fountain Grass cultivars ever developed, this dwarf form offers bright fall foliage changes and masses of feathery plumes that turn from soft pink to primrose-yellow to rich tan, remaining on the plant through winter in most climates. Easy to grow and very low maintenance, Cassian deserves a place of honor -- or two! -- in the sunny landscape.

Introduced by Kurt Blumel and named for the German plantsman Cassian Schmidt, this Pennisetum reaches just 2 to 3 feet high and not quite as wide at maturity. Its long, arching, pointed leaves are so architectural, adding a dramatic silhouette to any garden (or container) space. And the blooms, when they arise, are light and puffy, shimmying in the breeze on slender but very sturdy stems.

The flowers begin in midsummer in most climates, topping olive-green foliage held in a tight, lush mound. By autumn the flowers have turned yellow and their seeds are fodder for the birds, who come to perch elegantly atop the stems and feast. (Good photo opportunities here!) Meanwhile, as the autumn temperatures fall, the leaves acquire bold splashes and streaks of orange and red. Magnificent!

And when the rest of the garden is sleeping in winter, Cassian keeps its form and color, remaining vibrant through the gray days of December and January. Cut the final flowers for everlasting arrangements indoors, and prepare for another season of beauty with the arrival of spring! You can shear Cassian back in late winter or leave it be; the new foliage will emerge on top of the old.

Like many ornamental grasses, Cassian is quite tolerant of heat, humidity, and drought. Pests and diseases rarely trouble it, and it needs little attention from you to grow and bloom for many years. Rely on it for mass plantings as well as standouts in border and foundation. Zones 5-9.

Genus Pennisetum
Species alopecuroides
Variety 'Cassian'
ItemForm 3 1/2-inch Pot
Zone 5 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Mid Summer - Late Fall
Habit Dwarf
PlantHeight 24 in - 3 ft
PlantWidth 24 in - 2 ft 6 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fall Foliage Changes, Flower, Long Bloomers
BloomColor Beige, Cream, Light Pink, Light Yellow
FoliageColor Olive Green, Orange
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Foundation, Ornamental, Outdoor, Winter Interest
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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