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Cortaderia selloana/Pampas Grass

Cortaderia selloana / Cortaderia selloana
Fluffy flower heads on a clear autumn day
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Fluffy flower heads on a clear autumn day

Flowers and long narrow cascading leaves

Specimen mass of pampas grass

Late summer and autumn flowers

Dramatic display of flowers

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Scientific Name: Cortaderia selloana
Common Name: Pampas Grass
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: The foot long, feathery, white seed heads are spectacular for several weeks in late summer and fall. This is a very drought tolerant species. Once established very difficult to eradicate so be sure there is adequate space for full growth. Early growth may be slow, but size and spread are difficult to control once clumps become four to five feet across. Root system is hard and woody. Requires nearly full sunlight to flower. Plants benefit from annual grooming by cutting back old foliage and flowers. Reported to overwinter many insects and rodents within the dense, tufted mass.