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Beautiful, airy grass which forms great puffs of green to edge a border.

One of the best upper-storey foliage plants for arranging you can grow. Just add 3-5 stems to any arrangement to transform a vase. Dries brilliantly too.

If you have ordered these seeds, we have had unforeseen delays and they will now be available early March. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Genus Panicum
Group/Species capillare
Variety Sparkling Fountain
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Border Position Cutting Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 75cm (30in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow indoors February-April, or direct sow April-May. Cover thinly. Germination should take place within a week. Move the established seedling outside once the frosts are over.
Care Tips Grows well in containers and borders. Just be sure to keep watered in dry weather and keep weed free. Self seeding is possible. Feed in summer with single application of nitrogen based fertiliser. The more nitrogen grasses get, the more vigorous the will be, but flower production may suffer for this.
Flowering July - October
Vase Life Dries well, so has an indefinite vase life.
Harvesting Flower production: 4 months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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Panicum capillare 'Sparkling Fountain' reviews

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Reviewed 20th August 2019 by Tineke

Lovely, but not that tall in my garden, stakes of 20 cm at the most.

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Reviewed 12th August 2019 by Diane

These have done really well and are a welcome addition to my garden and flower arrangements.

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Reviewed 6th August 2019 by Hilary

These grasses just keep on giving, they look great with the dahlias in a tub.

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Romayne

I mixed them with Salvia Amistad and Dahlia Totally Tangerine and they are a bit lost - not grown as well as I hoped

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Mrs Traherne

Again I am delighted with these plants. I am a flower arranger and have purchased Panicum stems in the past. My seedlings have grown into strong plants much better than the purchased stems, and have already used them in my designs.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jill

Great germination and flowers. Flowers came later than expected.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Carol

People ask where did I get them from (have never seen seedlings in nurseries). Also the plants are very strong and healthy and grow and grow. Also point out this plant is used a lot in wedding bouquets. Gave them your name.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jenny

Slow to germinate but eventually came good

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Claire

Disappointing germination and general failure to thrive. Ended up with just 5 small plants.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sandra

really helpful staff and good packing and delivery

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Patsy

Look great but took ages to germinate.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Sheena

They have flowered well but one died

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jane

Nice plant, but again they on the short side.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Angela

As always, good service delivering quality plants. Having tried unsuccessfully to grow these from seed, decided to invest in plants - great investment and plants did the job in flower festival.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Amelia

Amazing tall grasses, long vase life and they look beautiful now in the autumn evening sun

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Ela

Stunning unique grass, found it hard to keep alive during the 7 week hot weather period despite every day watering, 3 out of 5 dried out

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Jan

Were quite short stemmed but looked good in arrangements

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Brenda

Grown for the first time. Love it. Great inbetween flowers perfect texture.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Marion

This is an extraordinary plant. It starts fairly small, sending out sprays of fibre-optic flowerheads, but then it goes into overdrive and produces more open, taller panicles of flowers which act as umbrellas over the first ones. Weird and wonderful, and very atmospheric with its hazy habit. It has drawn comment and admiration in the front garden this summer. It looks great with spires of blue salvias coming up amongst it.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Paulina

Not great, but may be due to its position

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Elizabeth

Good strong seedlings packaged very well and all have grown really well.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jennifer

Outstanding grass, still doing well

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Sarah

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Ally

Great service, grasses grew well

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Julia

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Lynn Roberta Mason

I think Panicum Elegans is a fantastic grass plant! As well as buying seedlings I bought packets of seeds from you x4. Everyone of them came up and I was overloaded with Frosted Explosion so.... I shared them with my brother and sister, my brother commented that no flowers had appeared, to which I told him there wasn't any flowers they were just huge "clouds of fluffiness" anyway bottom line is both brother and sister loved them!
Only one drawback, you need tweezers and a magnifying glass when sowing the seeds as I know I sowed excessive seeds as they are so tiny, but then they made a wonderful display!!!

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Sue

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Miss Robbie

Plants came on time and were in good condition and have thrived just love these grasses they did explode into sparkly fountains in the border -hoping they self-seed but if not will order again this year


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Reviewed 18th July 2018 by Jane

These have shot up over the last month or so... don't be fooled by their 'weedy' appearance when they arrive... I hadn't realised how large they become! Each plant has loads of beautiful airy plumes. Next year I will be more sparing when planting them amongst flowers in the borders... Planted them between cosmos and echinacea, and they looked stunning.

Great grass

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Reviewed 15th July 2017 by Lucy Craig

I heard about this grass on Arthur Parkinson's blog and I now know why he recommended it for the border and for flower arranging. I was a little concerned when I first planted it out as it looked like, well , grass. I even stuck labels next to the plants to stop them being weeded. Within couple of weeks they had formed healthy clumps and are still looking good in amongst the flowers.

Panicum 'Frosted Explosion'

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Reviewed 11th April 2017 by Jean cox

I loved this grass, l planted it in my borders amongst my plants last year it looked lovely. This year l will be planting it in my pots as well

Airy grass

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Reviewed 1st March 2016 by Gill Guest

Brilliant airy grass. Adds a meadow feel to any bunch of flowers. Lasts well in water. Dries and stays looking good, well, as far as I can make out, indefinitely! I've had a bunch in a vase on my windowsill all winter.

fantastic grass

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Reviewed 9th February 2016 by lynne horton

I have grown this for two years and will do again this year. Very easy and looks amazing in pots either mixed in with other plants or massed on its own.