Plant Care Chinese pennisetum

Chinese pennisetum

About Chinese pennisetum

Chinese pennisetum is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Chinese pennisetum likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Chinese pennisetum belongs to the cenchrus genus, and is native to Eastern Asia to Western Australia.


Cenchrus alopecuriodes

Also known as

Chinese pennisetum, Chinese fountaingrass, dwarf fountain grass, foxtail fountain grass and swamp foxtail grass

How to care for Chinese pennisetum


How often to water your Chinese pennisetum

Water needs for Chinese pennisetum
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese pennisetum needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese pennisetum

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Select a city to check sunlight intensity

Finding light for Chinese pennisetum in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese pennisetum: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese pennisetum love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese pennisetum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese pennisetum in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Chinese pennisetum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese pennisetum: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese pennisetum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinese pennisetum is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese pennisetum

Chinese pennisetum

Chinese pennisetum

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

Trending in your area

Similar to Chinese pennisetum

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in