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Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana

Phonetic Spelling
kor-tah-DER-ee-ah sel-oh-AY-nah
Description

Cortaderia selloana is a large ornamental grass originating from South America. It prefers full sun and can add texture to a garden. These grasses produce tall, slim, weeping blades that can easily reach over a meter in length. The grass tends to congregate into tussocks, or clumps of grass. The most showy part of these plants are the tall silvery-white, feather-like plumes. These plumes are soft to the touch and make for an interesting accent in a garden which can be seen very well over other plants. 

This plant is tolerant of coastal and sandy conditions, is highly salt tolerant, drought tolerant, and is highly resistant to deer grazing.

Proper spacing for these plants is about 10 feet apart.

**Caution: The blades of this grass have very sharp edges and is highly invasive in some areas of the United States

Interesting facts.

Form:

Clump with arching, narrow, green leaves

Soil:

Tolerates a variety of soils but prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil; once established is drought tolerant

Inflorescence:

Silver-white plumes with a pink blush; remains attractive until mid winter; good in dried arrangements; female plants produce more showy plumes than male plants

 

 

Cultivars:
  • 'Rose Feder'
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#resistant#salt tolerant#coastal#dry#cpp#deer resistant#sharp edges#tall grass#coastal plant#tussock
Cultivars:
  • 'Rose Feder'
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#resistant#salt tolerant#coastal#dry#cpp#deer resistant#sharp edges#tall grass#coastal plant#tussock
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cortaderia
    Species:
    selloana
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 9 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grass
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gray/Silver
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Flower Description:
    tall, white-silver feathered plume
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Salt