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Ivory Feathers® Dwarf Pampas Grass

Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'

A beautiful landscape specimen prized for its handsome fall flowers. The long stalks of dramatic, creamy white plumes are held above the dense clump of green foliage. This perennial grass is wind and drought tolerant, and provides a showy windbreak or screen. The smaller dwarf form is well-suited to smaller gardens and landscapes.
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Your climate might be too cold for this plant: 6


Full sun

Once established water during dry spells.


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Botanical Pronunciationkor-ta-DEER-ia sel-o-AH-na
LoreAlthough it is not considered sterile, Ivory Feathers® is noted as producing little to no viable seed.
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide; plumes 8 to 10 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeFall
Design IdeasAlthough native to the southern regions of South America, this beautiful, Dwarf Pampas Grass blends into a desert or Mediterranean landscape well. The ivory colored plumes reach well above the foliage and offer an architectural look around patios and ponds. Well suited as a visual barrier or hedge in the far reaches of the garden. Plant with other bold forms like Agave and Yucca or keep it the standout plant amongst evergreen shrubs and perennials.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Privacy Screen, Windbreak
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established water during dry spells.
Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Spruce (Picea); Yucca (Yucca); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Rosemary (Rosmarinus)

Easily adapts to most soil types, provided they are well-drained. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Control weeds until the plants have filled in. Apply fertilizer in winter. Hard prune old foliage to the ground in late winter, before new growth emerges.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-11

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

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