• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, clumps 3 to 4 ft. or more wide.
    Key Feature:
    Late summer to fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kor-ta-DEER-ia sel-o-AH-na
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 24
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, clumps 3 to 4 ft. or more wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late summer to fall
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
    Design 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.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    The fluffy flowers of this grass are famous in the cut flower market and may be cut for home use as well.