Cortaderia selloanaItem #2800 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11
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Ornamental grass with showy, white 30-inch plumes held above narrow, sharp-edged foliage that forms large clumps. Good, natural-looking screen/windbreak or landscape accent. Flowers can be dried.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kor-ta-DEER-ia sel-o-AH-naPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:3 - 24Growth habit:NarrowGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, clumps 3 to 4 ft. or more wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late summer to fallFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasPampas grass requires a lot of room to look its best. Spot into far focal points in more expansive landscaping. Makes a solid wind barrier or visual hedge in difficult locations too daunting for less rugged plants. Exceptional with desert and Mediterranean style architecture, and was a common site in the American Victorian garden.Companion PlantsSince its tall plumes can easily reach 10 feet, mix boldly for an attractive landscape. Try with the dark evergreen foliage of Citrus trees, such as the Moro Blood Orange (Citrus sinensis 'Moro'). Add color with Fruiting Pomegranate (Punica granatum 'Wonderful') with its orange-red blooms and red fruit. Provide more height with the Japanese Silver Tree--ShogunTM Series (Neolitsea sericea), which will tower above the grass and has silky new growth and glossy mature leaves.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This grass was first classified by Otto Stapf of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. The genus name was inspired by the Spanish word, cortar, or to cut, referring to its common use as thatching material in South America. It is a primary species in the grassy lowlands known as "pampa" which stretch through Argentina and other South American countries.Lore:The fluffy flowers of this grass are famous in the cut flower market and may be cut for home use as well.