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Dwarf Pampas Grass

Dwarf pampas grass gives you all the drama of standard pampas grass without the size. It is the perfect choice to make a small garden resemble a large one. This ornamental grass makes a handsome specimen plant with its long stalks topped with feathery plumes.

It grows in clumps and is tolerant of drought and wind. This grass is simple to care for. Plumes are nice additions to cut arrangements. They can also be dried for permanent display.

Landscaping Ideas

Use dwarf pampas grass as a specimen plant or as a striking addition to a mixed border. It makes a nice backdrop to smaller shrubs and flowers when added to a group planting.

Its vertical interest adds a lot of flair wherever you plant it. It is the perfect addition to a desert or Mediterranean landscape. It also complements water features or ponds.

Plant dwarf pampas grass as a barrier or hedge at the far end of the garden for a unique look. It blends well with yucca or agave.

If you want to really set off this ornamental grass, plant it with evergreens and perennials so it stands out. This grass grows best in warmer climates, where it will grow happily, spreading to a considerable size. Cut and dry the plumes for flower arrangements and crafts.

Planting And Care

Dwarf pampas grass is an easy plant to grow. It tolerates full sun to light shade and once established it is drought tolerant. Keep weeds away from the plant until it has grown enough to fill out. Dead leaves can be removed if you wish.

Be cautious when working with this plant. Like all pampas grasses, the leaf edges are extremely sharp. Wear gloves and protective clothing as needed.

Prune in winter. Division is possible if you need to keep this grass to a certain size. This fast growing ornamental grass will provide a beautiful display in your garden every summer and fall while remaining rather diminutive in size. You can remove spent plumes in spring.

Grass Information

  • Scientific Name: Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'

  • Best Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil, but tolerant of many; drought tolerant once established

  • Light Needs: Sun to light shade

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foliage Color: Green

  • Flower Color: Silver-white with pinkish blush

  • Bloom Time: Late summer and early fall

  • Mature Size: Can reach up to 3 to 5 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide; plumes reach a height of 8 to 10 feet

  • Watering: Water regularly until established

  • Hardiness Zone: 7 - 11

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