Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry' - Black Fountain Grass

Black Fountain Grass

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'

  • Forms a mounding clump of glossy wide dark green blades
  • Soft bottlebrush-like blackish-purple flower spikes rise just slightly above the foliage
  • Slender flower stalks can be upright or arching
  • Foliage turns a rich golden-yellow in the fall
  • Bloom Time: Early to late fall
  • Flower Height: 70 cm
  • Foliage Height: 60 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



60-70 cm

50-75 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

This cultivar freely self-seeds and can become invasive. Cutting off the flower stalks before the seed is produced is recommended. Grows best in a moist, well-drained soil, in full sun to light shade. If planted in too much shade this grass will not flourish and may not flower. Foliage should be cut back to about 10 cm in early spring to allow for new growth. 

Additional Notes about Black Fountain Grass:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.