Dwarf Fountain Grass ‘Hameln’

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'

Family: Fountain Grass

Type: Ornamental grass

Dwarf Fountain Grass ‘Hameln’ is a charming and compact ornamental grass, perfect for adding texture and movement to gardens. Its fine, arching leaves and fluffy, wheat-colored plumes are visually appealing.

This smaller variety of Fountain Grass is ideal for gardeners with limited space. It grows well in both garden beds and containers, offering versatility in landscaping.

‘Hameln’ is known for its ease of care and adaptability. It thrives in a variety of conditions, making it a great choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4b-6a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun

Drought Tolerance (Xeriscape): Yes


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 2.5

Average Spread (feet): 2

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Arching


Flower Color: White

Bloom Season: In mid summer

Foliage Color: Green

Leaf Fall Color: Orange

Foliage Shape: Grassy

Landscaping Your Yard With Dwarf Fountain Grass ‘Hameln’

Incorporating ‘Hameln’ into your landscape brings a soft, natural elegance. Its delicate plumes and fine foliage sway gently in the breeze, adding a sense of tranquility.

This grass is perfect for creating borders, accenting garden features, or for use in rock gardens. Its compact size makes it particularly suitable for smaller spaces or as a foreground plant in larger landscapes.

Plant ‘Hameln’ in clusters for a cohesive look, or use it as an accent plant among larger plants. Its texture and form create visual interest throughout the year.


Suitable Garden Styles

Modern Minimalist Garden

In a modern minimalist garden, 'Hameln' adds a touch of nature without overwhelming the space. Its simple form and neutral color palette complement minimalist designs beautifully.

Cottage Garden

For cottage gardens, 'Hameln' offers a whimsical touch. Its flowing form and soft plumes blend seamlessly with the informal, abundant style of cottage gardens.

Formal Gardens

In formal garden settings, 'Hameln' can be used to add texture while maintaining a structured look. Its tidy growth habit and elegant plumes are well-suited to formal designs.

Dwarf Fountain Grass ‘Hameln’ Landscaping Ideas

Use ‘Hameln’ to line walkways or garden paths. Its compact size and graceful form create a welcoming and elegant border.

Mix it with flowering perennials for a dynamic display. The contrast between its soft plumes and colorful flowers creates a visually striking garden.

In container gardens, ‘Hameln’ adds height and interest. It works well in both large and small containers, making it a flexible choice for patios and balconies.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, 'Hameln' begins to grow, with fresh green leaves emerging. This is the time when the plant starts to come back to life, setting the stage for the growth to come.


During summer, 'Hameln' is in full bloom. Its plumes mature, adding a soft, airy texture to the garden. The grass is most vigorous and visually striking in this season.


In fall, the foliage of 'Hameln' may turn golden-brown, providing a beautiful autumnal hue. Its plumes may persist, adding interest and movement to the fall garden.


In winter, 'Hameln' provides structural interest, even as it goes dormant. In milder climates, it may retain some of its foliage, while in colder regions, it might die back to the ground.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Dwarf Fountain Grass ‘Hameln’ should be planted in a spot with full sun to partial shade. It’s ideal for small gardens, borders, or as an accent in mixed beds.


This grass prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. However, it flourishes and produces the most plumes in a sunny location.


'Hameln' adapts to most soil types but thrives in well-drained soil. It can tolerate a range of soil conditions, from clay to sandy soils.


Space the plants about 18-24 inches apart. This allows each plant to have enough room to grow fully and ensures good air circulation.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Dwarf Fountain Grass ‘Hameln’ is in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. This allows the plant to establish itself throughout the growing season.

How to Plant

Plant ‘Hameln’ at the same depth it was in its pot. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball, place the plant in, fill with soil, and water thoroughly.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and requires less frequent watering.


Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring to encourage growth. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to weak growth.


Cut back the grass to a few inches above the ground in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, remove any dead foliage and apply a light fertilizer. Begin watering regularly as new growth appears.

Summer Care

Water the grass during prolonged dry periods in the summer. Otherwise, minimal care is needed during this season.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant begins to go dormant. No additional fertilizing is required during this season.

Winter Care

In winter, 'Hameln' can be left unpruned to provide winter interest, or it can be cut back to tidy up the garden.


How Tall and Wide Does Dwarf Fountain Grass 'Hameln' Grow?

Dwarf Fountain Grass ‘Hameln’ typically reaches about 2 to 3 feet in height and width, making it perfect for smaller spaces.

Is Dwarf Fountain Grass 'Hameln' Invasive?

No, ‘Hameln’ is not considered invasive. It is a well-behaved cultivar suitable for controlled garden environments.

Can It Be Grown in Containers?

Yes, Dwarf Fountain Grass ‘Hameln’ is suitable for container gardening. Its compact size makes it an ideal choice for adding texture and movement to patio and balcony plantings.

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