fountain grass


Definition of fountain grass

: any of several ornamental grasses (genus Pennisetum) having tufted stems and spikes of feathery flower clusters

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Recent Examples on the Web Poolside plants like fountain grass and wispy bluestar sway in the breeze. Andrea F. Siegel,, "A lush Ruxton garden that's always growing," 20 Mar. 2018 Fortnight lilies and kangaroo paw add height, while dwarf rosemary, feathery cassia, dwarf bottlebrush, sun-loving gaura, red fountain grass and other miscellaneous grasses add texture. Lisa Boone,, "Before and after: A fungus-plagued lawn is transformed into a low-water habitat," 13 Mar. 2018 And for a more natural look, add branches of purple beautyberry, Russian sage, or fountain grass. Dobrina Zhekova, Sunset, "10 Fall Wedding Palette Ideas," 22 Jan. 2018 Make a lush and private area outside your home to entertain, creating walls or screens by placing taller potted plants like boxwoods, cannas, dracaena, fountain grass, or elephant ears. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension,, "Gardening Trends for 2018 (Garden Talk)," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fountain grass

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Fountain grass.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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