Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
Originally from northern Africa and Australia, this perennial grass is frequently
used in ornamental landscaping. Due to its high numbers of wind-blown seeds, it
is escaping cultivation and becoming a weed problem in natural areas. It is
identified as an emerging threat in the mid-Atlantic region and is listed as invasive
in Alexandria and Arlington.
Print Version: Problem Plant – Fountain Grass
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Tags: Spreads from cultivation to natural lands, Forms dense stands, Aggressively competes with native perennial grasses for water and nutrients, Abundant seeds carried by animals, wind, and water, Regrows rapidly after fire, Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis), River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Grass with interesting seed heads and multiseason