Cortaderia selloana - 'Splendid Star' (Pampass Grass, Cortaderia)
Cortaderia selloana Description
This lower growing pampus requires less space for its arching foliage, which is almost blue green and reasonably attractive in its own right. It is worth growing for the huge plumes of white feathered flower spikes that will provide flower interest into the winter months. Plant in mixed borders to provide late interest with its impressive architectural plumage lasting 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. This particular variety has a more compact form so require less space and will grow happily among other grasses and herbaceous plants. Cortaderia will tolerate dry soils but prefers fertile yet well drained soil. It will need a sunny location to flower. It essential that you undertake winter cutting back of spent flower stems; sharp foliage is tough work so wear gloves. Mulch every few years.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage
Strengths of Cortaderia selloana:
Weaknesses of Cortaderia selloana
- Sun loving drought tolerant plant
- Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
- Tolerates cold exposed locations
Design & Plant Use for Cortaderia selloana:
- Invasive top growth
- Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
- Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils
- Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot
Coretaderia, Cortedaria, Cortiderea