Good morning,

I have some small ornamental grasses such as Pennisetum and was wondering if they have to be cut back in Spring, like I do with the miscanthus?

Thanks in advance!image


  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,167
    Yes you can cut the dead foliage of Pennisetum away in spring, before new growth emerges (assuming the plants survive the winter - some aren't that hardy. Not all grasses are to be treated this way - Stipa tennuissima should be tidied up by giving it a 'comb' by running your hands through it. Dead foliage will come away and the rest is left in situ.
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I think it's this one, Verdun "Pennisetum alopecuroides "Little Bunny", also a Briza, and a Stipa tenuissima.image

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Thanks, Verdun and WillB, will do as you recommend. If the briza doesn't survive the winter, I'll see if I can get a perennial one next year.image

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