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Pampas grass

Cortaderia selloana

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This stunning grass has 1- to 3-foot-long, densely tufted plumes atop tall, upright stalks and arching mid-green leaves. Plumes come in white, cream, or beige-pink and appear in late summer.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLeaves can have sharp edges. Dwarf cultivars exist.

CareGrow in full sun and well-drained soil, and give plants plenty of room. Protect crowns of young plants in winter.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsHelminthosporium leaf spots are common.

  • Genus : Cortaderia
  • Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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