Pennisetum alopecuroides – Swamp Foxtail

Commonly known as Swamp Foxtail (because its flower resembles that of a fox’s tail) this plant is a tall green fine foliaged grass. Pennisetum is one of the most ornamental native landscape grasses because of its beautiful flowers. It is important not to confuse our native Pennisetum with the South African species Pennisetum setaceum, which is a declared noxious weed in Australia. Our Pennisetum has been known to self-seed a little but this is nothing in comparison to the South African weed form.

Large grass with green, upright to arching foliage.

Uses: Revegetation and landscaping, public and domestic gardens.


Dimensions: Height: 1 – 1.5 metres |  Width: 1m
Flowering: Summer to autumn with foxtail like green-cream-purple tinged flowers. 

Aspect: Full sun to light shade. It will handle up to 50% shade. Coastal aspects – best protected. Pennisetum is best planted in mulched gardens with watering during hot dry summers. Cold tolerant
Soil type: Loam, clay loam and free draining light clay.
Planting rates: Mass planting: Tubes 5 to 7/m2.  Pots 3 to 5/m2  | Specimen planting: Tubes 3/m2.  Pots 1 to 3/m2

Maintenance: Trim annually in spring (when all frosts have finished) to 200–300mm above the ground. Fertilize with controlled release fertilizer after trimming to encourage fresh re-growth.

Available sizes: tubes & 140mm pots
Availability: contact Bluedale Wholesale  Nursery for current availability list or to discuss our pre-grow commercial plant service.