CREAM LEA ™ - A beautiful native grass with deep green foliage and creamy-white flowers

Cream Lea is a select variety of the Australian native grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides. Cream Lea is a tall grass with green foliage to 1.2 metres and flowers which are creamy white in colour are held above the foliage to 1.4 metres. Cream lea hold its foliage colour over winter better all other Pennisetum varieties.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides

Pennisetum are often called Swamp Foxtail Grass because they like to have a moist soil to perform at their best. Saying this `Cream Lea` will still grow very well in a mulched garden bed and it is also reasonably drought tolerant. The `Cream Lea` variety of Pennisetum flowers in autumn with cream coloured foxtail like flower heads. Prune or cut back the old winter foliage in early spring each year to give the grass a new flush of lush green foliage. For the most part `Cream Lea` has a non-viable seed however in subtropical and tropical climate zones some self-seeding has been known to occur and with the advent of climate change this could begin to occur in more southern climates as well. We mention this not to scare gardeners but to make you aware that there have been known instances of self-seeding. One way to prevent this is to cut the flower heads off before they set seed in late autumn.

Height & Width

1 to 1.5 metres tall X 1 metre wide


Full sun to part shade

Soil Type

Loamy soil to free draining clays


Prume annually in spring to remove old flowers and leaves

Flowers and Fruit

Flowers in autumn with cream coloured foxtail like flowers heads

Mulch Type

We recommend planting in a mulched garden to hold moisture in and keep the soil cool from summer heat.

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