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Cortaderia selloana (Pampass Grass, Cortaderia)

Type Grass, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer late), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Cortaderia selloana Description

This larger growing pampus requires plenty of space for its expansive arching foliage which can look somewhat scruffy. It is worth it for the huge plumes of white feathered flower spikes that will provide interest well into the winter months.

Cortaderia selloana - Cultivation Notes

Pampus grass might have been over planted but then that's because its tough and it puts on a good show. Cortaderia will tolerate dry soils but does best in any half decent fertile yet well drained soil. It will need plenty of sunlight to flower but beware, winter cutting back of spent flower stems and sharp foliage is tough work so wear gloves.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Cortaderia selloana:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Cortaderia selloana

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth
  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!

Design & Plant Use for Cortaderia selloana:

  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot

View all the plants listed in Genus Cortaderia

View other grasses with white flowers, or grasses with medium green foliage

Common Missspellings: Coretaderia, Cortedaria, Cortiderea

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