previous
  • DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
    DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
  • Homegrown / Homemade
    Homegrown / Homemade
  • 10 Combinations for Shade
    10 Combinations for Shade
  • 10 Seed-Starting Tips
    10 Seed-Starting Tips
  • 3 Ways to Design with Containers
    3 Ways to Design with Containers
  • Rex Begonias
    Rex Begonias
  • Garden Design Basics
    Garden Design Basics
  • Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
    Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
  • Planting the Right Way
    Planting the Right Way
  • Pick Plants for Fragrance
    Pick Plants for Fragrance
  • Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
    Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
  • Building Better Borders
    Building Better Borders
  • How to Grow Mustard
    How to Grow Mustard
  • 20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
    20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
  • Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
    Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
  • Go Green on the Patio
    Go Green on the Patio
  • Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
    Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
  • NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
    NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
  • Using Containers as Elements of a Design
    Using Containers as Elements of a Design
  • Black Plants Done Right
    Black Plants Done Right
  • Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
    Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
  • Plant Finder: Spring Plants
    Plant Finder: Spring Plants
next

Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila” (Pampas grass)

Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila' Photo/Illustration: Lee Anne White

(Based on 1 user review)

Rate this plant

Plant Showcase - from our advertisers


Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila” kor-tah-DARE-ee-ah sel-oh-AY-nah Common Name: Pampas grass Synonyms: Cortaderia argentea Genus: Cortaderia
This dwarf cultivar has mid-green leaves and densely tufted plumes atop tall, upright stalks and arching mid-green leaves. Masses of silvery yellow plumes appear in late summer.
Noteworthy characteristics: Leaves can have sharp edges.
Care: Protect crowns of young plants in winter.
Propagation: Divide in spring.
Problems: Helminthosporium leaf spots are common.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Flowers; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color White Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

Plants you might also like

no image available Cortaderia selloana
(Pampas grass)
(3 user reviews)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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.

no image available Pennisetum spathiolatum
(Slender veldt grass)
Be the first to rate this plant
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Native to South Africa, this non-invasive evergreen species produces showy pink flowers in spring, which are held 2 to 3 feet above the foliage on stiff, wiry stalks.

Stipa tenuissima Stipa tenuissima
(Mexican feather grass)
(5 user reviews)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

No other grass exhibits quite the refinement of texture as this species. Its bright green foliage resembles delicate filaments that arise in elegant, vase-like clumps and spill outward like a soft fountain. All summer it bears a profusion of feathery panicles, which mature from foamy-green to blonde. It is native to the Americas.

Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band' Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band'
('Gold Band' pampas grass)
Be the first to rate this plant
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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.

Pleioblastus viridistriatus Pleioblastus viridistriatus
(Golden bamboo, Kamuro-zasa )
(1 user review)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This bamboo has showy variegated leaves of green and gold in an irregular pattern of stripes. It is a running bamboo, making it good for naturalizing and filling in or for hedging, but it may need to be controlled by underground barriers. It grows to about 5 feet high.