How to Grow Fountain Grass


Originating from Hawaii in 1914, fountain grass has been introduced around the world as an ornamental grass. A perennial plant, fountain grass has densely clumped growth forms and straight stems that grow up 2 to 3 feet high. Flowering occurs in July and lasts through the fall. The small flowers, which are purple and pink, have bristly and upright flowers that are 5 to15 inches long. Fountain grass grows well in fertile, moist and well-drained soil.

Step 1

Choose a full sun planting site and clear away all weeds that will hinder the growth and development of the grass.

Step 2

Dig a hole 15 to 20 inches deep and at least two to three times the width of the existing root ball with a spade.

Step 3

Remove the fountain grass from the container and gently pull away any balled-up roots at the bottom of the container. Place the fountain grass in the hole and fill up the remaining hole with soil.

Step 4

Press gently around the plant to ensure the fountain grass is level as well as secure within the soil. Make sure you don't cover the base of the plant with too much soil; this will prevent adequate oxygen to penetrate into the plant.

Step 5

Spread a 1-or-2 inch layer of mulch around the grass to help retain moisture. Water thoroughly, at least twice a week during dry summers and before the grass is established. Fountain grass prefers fertile, well-drained soil, so don't over-water.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Soil
  • Mulch


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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.