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Fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum)

Invasive Assessment | Impact Assessment

Scientific name:
Pennisetum setaceum (Forrsk) Chiov

Common Name:

Fountain grass, tender fountain grass


P. setaceum
in its native range establishes in open, scrubby and dry habitats (Flordata, Drake and Griffiths, 1992). It is a weed of pastures and alongside railway lines and roads (Johnson) and can grow in rock crevices and pavement cracks (CDFA). It grows in tropical to semi arid areas and prefers exposed, dry habitats, particularly rocky areas but can also grow in sandy soils such as coastal grasslands and coastal sage scrub (Johnson; CDFA; Clayton, 1970). In southern California it invades grasslands, shrublands warm deserts, canyons and roadsides (NPCI, CDFA). Is one of Hawaii’s most invasive horticultural plants (Poulin et al, 2005).
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