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Pennisetum 'Cassian'

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Turns from gentle pink to tan in just 3 seasons!

A compact, carefree, and colorful grass!

Certainly one of the most beautiful Fountain Grass cultivars ever developed, this dwarf form offers bright fall foliage changes and masses of feathery plumes that turn from soft pink to primrose-yellow to rich tan, remaining on the plant through winter in most climates. Easy to grow and very low maintenance, Cassian deserves a place of honor -- or two! -- in the sunny landscape.

Introduced by Kurt Blumel and named for the German plantsman Cassian Schmidt, this Pennisetum reaches just 2 to 3 feet high and not quite as wide at maturity. Its long, arching, pointed leaves are so architectural, adding a dramatic silhouette to any garden (or container) space. And the blooms, when they arise, are light and puffy, shimmying in the breeze on slender but very sturdy stems.

The flowers begin in midsummer in most climates, topping olive-green foliage held in a tight, lush mound. By autumn the flowers have turned yellow and their seeds are fodder for the birds, who come to perch elegantly atop the stems and feast. (Good photo opportunities here!) Meanwhile, as the autumn temperatures fall, the leaves acquire bold splashes and streaks of orange and red. Magnificent!

And when the rest of the garden is sleeping in winter, Cassian keeps its form and color, remaining vibrant through the gray days of December and January. Cut the final flowers for everlasting arrangements indoors, and prepare for another season of beauty with the arrival of spring! You can shear Cassian back in late winter or leave it be; the new foliage will emerge on top of the old.

Like many ornamental grasses, Cassian is quite tolerant of heat, humidity, and drought. Pests and diseases rarely trouble it, and it needs little attention from you to grow and bloom for many years. Rely on it for mass plantings as well as standouts in border and foundation. Zones 5-9.


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Genus Pennisetum
Species alopecuroides
Variety 'Cassian'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Start to End Mid Summer - Early Fall
Habit Dwarf
Plant Height 24 in - 3 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 2 ft 6 in
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fall Foliage Changes, Flower, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color Beige, Cream, Light Pink, Light Yellow
Foliage Color Olive Green, Orange
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Foundation, Ornamental, Outdoor, Winter Interest
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii

Product Review Summary

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The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

March 27, 2020

Pennisetum Cassian Addition

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

My current order for this project is now complete and fulfilled with the receipt of this ornamental grass. Pennisetum Cassian was received very well packaged along with planting and care information. Already planted or positioned along one of my mother’s pedestrian borders and rock garden area , the bristle tips and shaggy blades of grass will sway gracefully with the summer wind. Here we expect that the ornamental grass will display a gleaming characteristic with its colorful feathery plumes in the mid summer heat. This was my first time ordering with JP and I will hope to again reorder more products for next years round of home improvement efforts. Thank you and ttys….. *****

MDP from NJ

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