fountain grass


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

Examples of fountain grass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nonnative plants, such as guinea grass and fountain grass, quickly took over. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Drought levels in Hawaii Dry vegetation: The spread of invasive plants such as guinea grass and fountain grass have helped spread fires. Karina Zaiets, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2023 Varieties to try: Bluebird, October Skies SHOP NOW Fountain Grass While not technically a flower, fountain grass makes for the perfect accent for most fall flowers. Taylor Augustin, House Beautiful, 14 June 2023 Barb Balgoyen, technical customer care representative at Walters Gardens, recommends this fountain grass with brightly colored foliage. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2022 Nancy spent three months installing about 100 plants, from African fountain grass, kangaroo paw, coppertone sedum and Haworth’s aeonium to lion’s tail, fire sticks, curly jade plant and flax lily. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2023 Back in Thousand Oaks, Brian Godley and his Picture Build landscaping crew tore out more than 3,000 square feet of Doreen Jansen’s grassy park and replaced it with deer grass, dwarf fountain grass, lemon grass, along with trees, bushes and flowers. Paul Vercammen, CNN, 19 Aug. 2022 According to Thompson’s application to the commission, new landscaping will include a crabapple tree or trees, Alberta spruce and arborvitae shrubs, Hameln fountain grass, periwinkles and day lilies. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 16 May 2022 Purple fountain grass can be grown in the sun or shade, but the sunnier the planting site, the more intensely the maroon foliage is colored. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 25 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fountain grass was in 1905

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“Fountain grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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