[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.
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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