Hardy Pampas Grass
Hardy Pampas Grass
Erianthus ravennaeItem #2805 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 10
One of the loveliest ornamental grasses, superb as an architectural specimen or large accent. Foliage has a clumping habit; plant in groups to create a screen or windbreak. Long, showy, silvery white, silky plumes have gorgeous autumn coloring, persist into winter, and are superb in fresh or dried floral arrangements.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Foliage reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide; blooms rise taller.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:er-i-AN-thus rav-EN-nayPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Foliage reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide; blooms rise taller.Special features:Fall Color, Fast Growing, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban Pollution, WaterwiseFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Blooms in early fall; flowers persist through winter.Flower color:WhiteFlower attributesLong Bloom SeasonDesign 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.Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Aster (Aster); Coneflower (Echinacea); Elderberry (Sambucus)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Part of the sugarcane family, it is native to North Africa and the Mediterranean in Southern Europe. .