Cortaderia selloana, Cortaderia
Grass, Tussock Grass
grass (Cortaderia selloana) is a large
perennial grass native to Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
It grows in large clumps eight to ten feet high, bearing
in late summer silvery-white or pinkish silken plumes
which rise to a height of 12 feet. Pampas grass can be a
very attractive and functional plant when used correctly
in the landscape. It can be used as a specimen plant in
isolated locations on large lawns. Because it grows very
rapidly into a massive plant, pampas grass is an
excellent screening plant for sunny locations. Most
gardeners, however, make the mistake of planting Pampas
Grass much too close to the foundation of the house.
7 - 11
Rate of Growth: Fast
Sandy, well drained soil
Complete fertilizer (6-6-6, 8-8-8, or
Light Requirements: Full
Spreading tall grass
Stiff, flat, linear, medium green
Plume-like silver, gold, or pale rose-rink
Pests or diseases:
plant, screen. Plumes used in fresh and dried floral arrangements.
Sharp leaf margins can inflict severe cuts.
Mature plumes brought indoors can shed fluff at the
slightest breeze or touch. Spreading plants may become
invasive by way of rhizome creep or seed dispersal.
Cost: $$ --
Seeds or division (divide in spring)
Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants