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Slender Veldt Grass

Pennisetum spathiolatum

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Slender Veldt Grass (Pennisetum spathiolatum) at Roger's Gardens

Slender Veldt Grass

Slender Veldt Grass

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Description:

Fine textured dark green narrow foliage with a mounded habit; tall wirey flower stalks produce tan colored flowers, starting in late spring, that seem to dance above the foliage; beautiful as an accent or massed in borders; evergreen in mild climates

Ornamental Features

Slender Veldt Grass has masses of beautiful spikes of tan flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Slender Veldt Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Slender Veldt Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Slender Veldt Grass will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Slender Veldt Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features