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White Pampas Grass

Cortaderia Selloana

White pampas grass forms large clumps several feet tall consisting of narrow, arching leaves topped with tall stalks ending in large feathery plumes. They make a spectacular statement in your yard. The gorgeous plums last well into winter, when they create visual interest even as they are deteriorating.

A fully developed specimen is an incredible sight to see. Be sure to allow your pampas grass enough room to reach its full potential. You can't beat pampas grass for adding texture, movement and drama to the landscape. This pest resistant plant is low maintenance.

Landscaping Ideas

Use white pampas grass as a striking specimen plant. Be sure to give it enough room to grow. You can also plant several to make a screen. Add one to a mixed border or make it the backdrop to a small group planting.

Need something to plant on a slope? Pampas grass may be your answer.

The fresh plumes revive the garden in late summer when most other plants are beginning to fade. Use the plumes in fresh bouquets or dry them for permanent arrangements.

Planting And Pruning Tips

White pampas grass is very easy to grow in warm climates. Plant it in full sun. This plant thrives where other plants fear to tread, providing many years of enjoyment. You don't really need to fertilize pampas grass or it tends to grow out of control. It needs well drained soil to perform well.

In colder areas, the leaves will die back in winter. New leaves come back in the fall. It is up to you whether you want to shear off the dead leaves.

Pruning should take place in early spring before new growth appears. Wear protective clothing as the leaves can be very sharp. In extreme situations, the plant can be rejuvenated by lopping off the entire plant to two feet tall with a chain saw.

White pampas grass is resistant to deer and many other pests and diseases. It is resistant to pollution, drought and wind. Beware of spreading seeds. If your pampas grass really thrives in your area, those hundreds of seeds that are released may end up reseeding your entire garden, the neighbor's garden and so on.

Small critters may find shelter under a large pampas. Mice and rats often find these plants perfect for nesting. Keep the dead portions trimmed to help reduce this issue.

Grass Information

  • Scientific Name: Cortaderia selloana

  • Best Soil: Well drained and slightly damp without being wet

  • Light Needs: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foliage Color: Green

  • Flower Color: White

  • Bloom Time: Mid to late summer

  • Mature Size: Grows 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide in a clump

  • Watering: Water regularly

  • Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10

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