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Fountain Grass

Fountain Grass
Photo: © immij pty ltd
Invasive Plant
Fountain Grass
Pennisetum setaceum

Tall perennial grass forming tufts to 1m high. Arching leaves 20-30cm long, with thin leathery texture and prominent veins running lengthways.

Flowers are small, occur in pink or purple, bristly, upright spikes at the ends of bamboo-like canes. Fruit are small and dry with long, showy bristles.



  • This plant has adapted to colonising after fires, it displaces natives and increases fuel loads.
  • Mainly spread by humans and wind, animals and water

Always check the label and ask at your garden centre for correct information on grasses. There are many look alikes that could prove to be very invasive.

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Alternative Plants

Phormium Tenax and Cultivars
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Phormium Tenax and Cultivars

Trees and Shrubs

This evergreen clump- forming perennial will grow to 1.6m tall and 1.5m wide with stunning glossy green strap like foliage. There are various new coloured leaf cultivars available, very suited for pots in a sheltered position. Check with your garden centre which varieties are best for your garden.

Purple Fountain Grass
Photo: Colourwise Nursery
Alternative Plant Purple Fountain Grass
Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum'

This showy and popular, ornamental perennial grass grows in dense clumps of burgundy coloured foliage with arching purple-pink flower plumes in summer. Blooms are foxtail-like arching flower plumes displayed above the foliage and produced in warm weather. This is a sterile hybrid.

Please note: This is not the plant banned from sale in NSW.

Another similar plant is Pennisetum alopecuroides, considered to be native to the Southern Tablelands.

Saw Sedge
Photo: ASGAP
Alternative Plant Saw Sedge
Gahnia seiberana

An Australian native occurring on the forested edges of the Southern Tablelands. This large, robust sedge, with long, arching leaves is usually found in damp areas. It forms large clumps 1.5 to 2m high, with flowering stems to 3m. The tiny flowers occur in spring and summer, followed by shiny, decorative red-brown seeds.

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