Hardy Pampas Grass

Erianthus ravennae

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One of the loveliest ornamental grasses, superb as accent, screen or architectural specimen. Showy, 2 ft. long silvery white silky plumes have gorgeous autumn coloring. Foliage has a clumping habit. Full sun. Fast growing 8 to 10 ft. tall. Flowers reach above the blades. Seed grown.
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4 - 10

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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationer-i-AN-thus rav-EN-nay
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide; blooms rise taller.
Bloom TimeBlooms in early fall; flowers persist through winter.
Design IdeasUse this hardy grass where it's too cold for true Pampas Grass. It is a stunning addition to the garden, either planted as a specimen or in a group for the larger garden. Plant in well-draining soil, as excessive moisture or fertility will will stunt growth or cause the canes to fall over. Consider as a background specimen in a cutting garden; the handsome plumes are striking in floral displays, either fresh or dried.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseErosion Control, Mass Planting, Specimen, Windbreak, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureShowy Architectural Accent

Provide lean, loose soil with excellent drainage. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Hard prune old foliage to 6 inches above the ground in early spring before new foliage emerges.

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