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Pennisetum setaceum  (Forssk.) Chiov.
Crimson fountaingrass,   Fountaingrass
Pennisetum setaceum is a perennial grasslike herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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Genus: Pennisetum
Family: Poaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Communities: escaped cultivar
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
iNatCenchrus setaceus
PLANTSPennisetum ruppelii
PLANTSPhalaris setacea
Information about  Pennisetum setaceum from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Invasive: Pennisetum setaceum (crimson fountaingrass) is a coarse tufted perennial grass (family Poaceae). It primarily grows along the southern California coast. Crimson fountaingrass is well adapted to fire, and plants can recover to pre-burn density, even increase in density, following a burn. It is cultivated as an ornamental, but the red cultivar is sterile and not considered invasive. Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[plants.ifas.ufl.edu] North Africa, Middle East native: Native to North Africa and Middle East. Impacts Where invasive, Fountain grass displaces native and endangered plants, increases fire frequency and intensity, can alter nutrient cycling, and reduces moisture availability to surrounding flora. In pasture settings it is unpalatable to cattle. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/19/2024).