Foxtrot Fountain Grass

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'Foxtrot' Fountain Grass lives up to its namesake, dancing upon the gentlest of breezes to invigorate the garden. Everything about this plant moves, from the flowing foliage to the arching pink plumes. An early bloomer among grasses, 'Foxtrot' sends four-inch plumes skyward mid-summer through fall. The soft bottlebrush blooms are tinged pink to maroon and glisten in the sun. A long-time industry favorite for exceptional dependability, this is among the largest and strongest of fountain grasses. Fast growing, low maintenance, and will not reseed. (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
Zones 5 - 9
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good For Hedge / Screen
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 48-72" tall (4-6 feet) , 36-48" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to mid fall

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

48-72" tall (4-6 feet) x 36-48" wide. 'Foxtrot' Fountain Grass has cascading, narrow green foliage. This plant deserves a spot in the garden where its fantastic form can shine. Plant singly as an accent or in groups for a powerful display. Collect and dry plumes for dried arrangements. A well-behaved perennial grass, 'Foxtrot' does not commonly reseed in the garden. Plant it in full sun in any well-drained soil. Plants perform well in hot locations but require adequate moisture. Allow leaf blades to stand during the winter months to provide seasonal interest and shelter for wildlife. Cut back to six inches above ground level in  early spring before new growth emerges.


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Associated SKUsAM018238
AM017317 (Plant - 3.5" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018175 (Tray of 9) - Out of stock.
AM018176 (Tray of 18) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Foxtrot Fountain Grass
Botanical Name
Pennisetum alopecuroides
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Flower Size
6-8" plumes
Mature Height
48-72" tall (4-6 feet)
Mature Spread
36-48" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Mid summer to mid fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Thin blades of green grass like foliage in summer, slivery plumes with red flecks in fall.
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Dry Sites
Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Great For Mass Plantings, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good For Hedge / Screen, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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