(Gramineae/Poaceae). Fountain grass. Genus of approximately 120 species of rhizomatous or stoloniferous clump forming herbaceous perennial grass. Found in woodland and savannah in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate zones worldwide. They have linear leaves, the leaf sheaths have hairy tips. Grown for their feathery, spike-like panicles, arching, cylindrical with decorative purple bristles or spikelets lasting well into winter. These have the appearance of bulrush-like long racemes. Good for fresh and dried arrangements. Cut back in spring before new growth begins.
Light soil, moderately fertile best in full sun