Dress in a long-sleeved shirt and put on garden gloves in the fall or winter, after the plant has finished blooming and begun to dry. Dwarf fountain grass can be pruned at any time after it has died back for the winter, and before new growth appears in early spring. Unlike many perennial grasses, dwarf fountain grass does not maintain an attractive seed head over the winter. It tends to "shatter," coming apart in the fall, leaving only the shaft of the flower stalk.
'Hameln' is the oldest cultivar of Pennisetum alopecuroides .
Use it wherever the straight species would be too tall. Blooms earlier
than the species, making it a better choice for gardens with a short