Foxtail (Pennisetum alopecuroides)

The plant whose scientific name is Pennisetum alopecuroides is a precious grass, ideal to have in all types of gardens, large or small, low or high maintenance. It grows fast, and when it is in flower it is a joy to see it.

In addition, it reaches a height of the most interesting to be able to use it as a delimiting plant for roads or paths. Do you want to know her better?

Origin and characteristics

It is a herbaceous perennial native to Asia and Africa, where it lives in tropical regions. Its scientific name is Pennisetum alopecuroides, and it is known as foxtail or feather tail. Its leaves are tapered, green in color, reaching a length of 60 to 150 centimeters. The flowers are grouped in white or pink spikes that appear in spring and summer.

Maintenance is very easy; so much so that it is a very suitable species for those who do not have much experience caring for plants and/ or for those who simply cannot and/ or do not want to spend much time on them.

What are their cares?

Image – Wikimedia/ David J. Stang

Would you like to have a copy? If so, we recommend that you follow our advice:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun. It can give you 2 or 3 hours of shade, but no more.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate. You can mix it if you want with a little pearlite, claystone or similar, but it is not necessary.
    • Garden: it grows in all types of soils, although it prefers those that are rich in organic matter and have good drainage.
  • Watering: 2-3 times a week in summer, and once a week the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: from the beginning of spring to the end of summer, it is advisable to fertilize it once a month with organic fertilizers, such as guano for example.
  • Pruning: at the end of winter you have to cut the dry leaves. It is also important to remove the withered flowers.
  • Rusticity: it resists frost down to -4ºC.

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