'Gold Band' pampas grass Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band' Photo/Illustration: Saxon Holt 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 'Gold Band' pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band') kor-tah-DARE-ee-ah sel-oh-AY-nah Synonyms: Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' Genus: Cortaderia This clumping, drought-tolerant grass is one of the best pampas grasses you could grow. It has the showy, late-summer plumes common to this group, but they grow straight up, not willy-nilly like many other varieties; they eventually stand 4 to 6 feet above the foliage. Even better news is that this cultivar does not set seed, so it is noninvasive. The foliage features distinct golden edges, which, for a grass, usually menas that it loves shade or moisture. But 'Gold Band' tolerates heat and drought, making it great for large containers, and it can handle coastal conditions, too. Noteworthy Characteristics: This noninvasive pampas grass has variegated foliage and a tolerance for heat and drought. Care: Grow in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Cut back by early spring, being careful of the sharp leaf edges. Propagation: Divide in early spring. Problems: Trouble-free. Overview Height 6 ft. to 10 ft. Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Slow Grower Light Full Sun Only Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Showy Flowers, Showy Foliage Bloom Time Late Summer, Summer Flower Color White Foliage Color Variegated Foliage Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Dried Flower Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Tolerance Drought Tolerant Type Grasses Related Plants to Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pampas grass Cortaderia selloana 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Mexican feather grass Stipa tenuissima 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pampas grass Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Slender veldt grass Pennisetum spathiolatum View the discussion thread.