Also known as P. japonicum, Fountain Grass is an elegant, fine-textured ornamental grass reaching a height of 2 to 3 feet with an equal spread. Coppery tan flowers resembling bottle brushes appear in the summer on the outside of the canopy. These attractive, 5- to 7-inch-long flowers persist on the plant from summer to fall but shatter in the early winter. The foliage of Fountain Grass is bright green during the summer, but turns to a golden brown color in the fall after the flowers begin to die. The foliage arches near the tip and gives the plant a graceful fountain shape. This graceful plant has a beautiful effect when its image is reflected in water. It is usually massed together in a landscape bed or planted alone or in a small grouping in a perennial border to provide fine texture. It is suited for the residential landscape more than most other ornamental grasses because of its small size. It can `make' a landscape with its extremely fine texture that provides a cooling effect as it blows in even the slightest breeze. Fountain grass also makes an effective, tall ground cover plant or single specimen plant. Fountain Grass needs to be planted in a site that receives full sun and has well-drained soils. Be prepared to provide some irrigation during dry weather in the summer. The center of the plant becomes open as the plant ages with most of the stems originating along the margin of an open ring. Divide the open clump and replant to rejuvenate it. `Hamelin' does not reseed itself into the landscape. This plant needs plenty of moisture and full sun to grow well. Will not come true from seed. Division in the spring can be used as a means of propagation.