Pampas grass

Cortaderia selloana

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Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
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Synonyms:  Cortaderia argentea
Genus:  Cortaderia
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 Characteristics:  Leaves can have sharp edges. Dwarf cultivars exist.
Care:  Grow in full sun and well-drained soil, and give plants plenty of room. Protect crowns of young plants in winter.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Helminthosporium leaf spots are common.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Dried Flower,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Desert Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Grasses

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