Pennisetum villosum

Feather top

  • Height:   under 1 ft tp 1 ft -
  • Life Cycle:   perennial
  • Growth Type:   grass
  • Inflorescence Size:   1 - 5 in
  • Flower Type:   grass spikelet
  • Bloom Type:   cool (grasses)
  • Native to California:   NO
  • California Range:   coast - desert - inland
  • Water Requirements:   low
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   18,000
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Taxon report data from Calflora

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Pennisetum villosum

Common Name:Feathertop

Pennisetum villosum, a angiosperm, is a perennial grass that is non-native to California.

US Distribution:introduced
Plant Community(s):escaped cultivar,

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

Alameda, ContraCosta, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Benito, Santa Clara, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Tuolumne, Ventura

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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