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Pennisetum villosum

Pronunciation: Pen-ih-see-tum vi-low-sum
Synonym: Pennisetum longistylum
Common Name: Feathertop
Plant Type:
  • grasses
Height to: 24"
Width to: 24"
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
  • 60 to 50ºF ZONE 12
  • 70 to 60ºF ZONE 13
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • late summer
  • early autumn
Bloom Description: Feathertop (pennisetum villosum) produces cylindrical to almost spherical, plume like panicles, to 4 1/2" long, with soft feathery pale green or white bristles, becoming purple when mature.
Soil Type: Feathertop (pennisetum villosum) prefer light, moderately fertile, well drained soil
Plant Perks:
  • Dry Flowers
  • Rock Garden
  • Container Gardening
  • Wind Tolerant
  • Cut Flower
Pests and Diseases: Feathertop (pennisetum villosum) are susceptible to rust, eye spot, and other leaf spots.
Propagation: Sow feathertop (pennisetum villosum) seed at 55-64f/13-18c in early spring. Divide in late spring or early summer.
Native to: Feathertop (pennisetum villosum) mountains of n. E. Tropical africa
Notes for Identification: Feathertop (pennisetum villosum) is a loosely tufted, deciduous perennial grass, often grown as an annual, with upright or arching stems bearing flat or folded, narrowly linear, mid green leaves, to 6" long, with long hairs just below the flower heads. Care: cut back dead top growth by early spring. Where not hardy, protect with dry winter mulch. Source: various resources including the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plants   
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • Less then 1 day ZONE 1
  • 1 to 7 days ZONE 2
  • 7 to 14 days ZONE 3
  • 14 to 30 days ZONE 4
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Grasses
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