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

Type Grass, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Autumn), Dark 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 and can look somewhat scruffy and over baring among lower planting. It is worth planting however for the huge plumes of white feathered flower spikes that will provide interest well into the winter months. It is often planted as a specimen within a lawn, but we think it looks best amongst mixed planting.


Cortaderia selloana - Cultivation Notes

Pampus grass might be overly common in the UK 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 sandy and chalky soils. It will need plenty of sunlight to flower well, 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
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • 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

Design & Plant Use for Cortaderia selloana:

  • Autumn flowering ornamental grass for late seasonal interest
  • 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 dark green foliage


Common Missspellings: Coretaderia, Cortedaria, Cortiderea

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