Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian' Dwarf Fountain Grass

Graceful, flowing fountain grasses are versatile and beautiful plants for sunny, dry landscapes. This dwarf fountain grass works well in tight, small spaces, in borders or perennial gardens. It is similar in appearance to Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln', but 'Cassian' is a foot taller, and we found it to be hardier after our harshest North Carolina winter. Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian' produces cream-pink tinted bottlebrush blooms in July that persist well into September. A marvelous palette of oranges and reds appears in October. Wintertime 'Cassian' skeletons look lovely coated in frost and dusted with snow. Dwarf Fountain Grass was selected by Kurt Bluemel and named for German horticulturalist Cassian Schmidt.


  • Notable Fall Color
  • Hoffman Nursery Favorite
  • Growth rate: medium-fast
  • Grow in 1, 2 or 3 gallon containers
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, spidermites, spittlebugs
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly; do not overwater; can overwinter outside if kept protected from cold and too much moisture
  • Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.
  • Sized right for small gardens, patios and decorative urns
  • In large areas, works well as a foreground plant, on a border, and in masses
  • Drought tolerant and undemanding
  • Bottlebrush blooms are attractive in fresh– or dried-flower arrangements
  • Rounded silhouette softens angular landscape designs
  • Superb fall color
  • Provides winter interest
  • Plumes and leaves easily catch the slightest breeze