Genus: Pampas grass

Cortaderia

Photo/Illustration: 
Lee Anne White
Pampas grass (Cortaderia)
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Poaceae
In the genus Cortaderia are a couple of dozen species of grasses from New Zealand, New Guinea, and South America. They are often found near water. Their rough-edged foliage forms dense clumps of narrow blades. Flowers rise from the clumps in silver, gold, or pale pink plumes. Grow these grasses as specimens, at waterside, as screening, or in a border, giving them plenty of space.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Dense tufts of sharp-edged foliage and plumes of flowers. Good cut or dried flowers.
Care:  Give plants plenty of room and full sun. Prefer fertile, well-drained soil. Cut back and groom plants before new growth begins each year, being careful of the sharp leaf edges.
Propagation: 

In spring, divide clumps or start seed indoors at 55° to 64°F.

Problems: 

Generally easy to grow, but leaf spots are common problems.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Cortaderia

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Pampas grass
Cortaderia selloana
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'Gold Band' pampas grass
Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band'
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Pampas grass
Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila”