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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian'

Cassian dwarf fountain grass

Native to Asia (cultivar)


Similar to Hameln, but about a foot taller and greater range of hardiness.  Perfect for use as a groundcover or in a rain garden as it prefers moist to wet soils.  Flowers white with a pink tinge from late summer into fall. Seeds attract song birds.  Drought and juglone tolerant.  Excellent rich golden fall color.


24-30 in


24-30 in


30-48 in

USDA Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Bloom Color:


Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian' Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds


  • Long Blooming
  • Rain Garden
  • Ground Cover
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Clay Soil
  • Bog
  • Naturalizing


  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Flowering Months

  • October
  • September
  • August

Foliage Color

  • Green

Grass Season

  • Warm Season Grass

Groundcover Foot-Traffic Tolerances

  • Light

Juglans nigra Tolerance (Black Walnut)

  • Yes

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Wet

Substitutions for Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian'

Dwarf fountain grass Dwarf fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln')