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Cortaderia selloana - 'Aureolineata' (Pampass Grass, Cortaderia)

Type Grass, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Autumn), Variegated green-white Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Cortaderia selloana Description

This smaller, more sedate pampus requires space for its expansive arching foliage. It is worth growing for the huge plumes of white feathered flower spikes that will provide interest well into the winter months. Ideal for planting in mixed borders to provide late seasonal interest with its impressive architectural plumage lasting well into the winter months.

Cortaderia selloana - Cultivation Notes

Pampus grass might be a bit cliched 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 well drained soil - including chalky or sandy soils. It will need plenty of sunlight to flower well, but beware, winter cutting back of spent flower stems and foliage is tough work so wear gloves.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Cortaderia selloana:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Cortaderia selloana

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Cortaderia selloana:

  • Autumn flowering ornamental grass for late seasonal interest
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot
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Common Missspellings: Coretaderia, Cortedaria, Cortiderea

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