Need help identifying a plant


Old 08-31-08, 09:07 PM
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Need help identifying a plant

I need some help identifying this plant. Any advice about how/when to trim it would help as well.

The plant is just over six feet tall, and located in Costa Mesa, CA if that helps.

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Old 08-31-08, 09:38 PM
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You have one of the many varieties of ornamental grasses that are available. Ornamental grasses have become increasingly popular, require full sun and good drainage. Without digging out the gardening books, I can not provide you with a proper ID of variety.
Old 09-01-08, 12:21 AM
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Thanks. It looks like it may be Pennisetum setaceum. I guess the only pruning I need to do is to remove the fuzzy bits and possibly cut it down before winter. Considering we don't really have a winter here, i may just let it go and see what happens.
Old 09-03-08, 10:46 PM
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Fountain Grass

Hi~ I don't remember the botanical name but on the other side of the tag, it said 'Fountain Grass'!

I've seen it at Home Depot, Lowes, & local nurseries for the last 2 or 3 years and I often considered buying and planting some of it rather than the standard 'pampass grass' because it doesn't get as thick & massive as the pampass grass.

I was told to prune the little fuzzy things after they dry up but nobody ever said anything about pruning the plant itself.
And, I'd like to say, what a beautiful plant you have! Great photos!

Grow on, dude!

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