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Cortaderia selloana

Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

More About Cortaderia selloana

  • AKA Cortaderia argentea
  • Panicles up to 90 cm, of feathery creamy-white flowers, producing tan-coloured seeds
  • Coarse green leaves up to 200 cm long arch from tall sturdy stalks, turning white in the winter
  • Dark green leaves have razor-sharp edges
  • Seed heads are decorative in cut or dried arrangements
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to mid-fall
  • Grass Type: Warm Seasona

Interesting Notes:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 Beware: the edges of Cortaderia blades are very sharp.

Zone:

6

Height:

175-225 cm

Spread:

125-150 cm

Colour:

White
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White Pampas Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

This plant is native to southern South America. It grows best in full sun and a fertile, moist soil, however, they can tolerate a range of soils and some drought, once established. Plant crowns need protection from winter wind and cold. Prune foliage in early spring to make way for new growth.


Cortaderia selloana Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Average
Well-drained

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Vase-shape
Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Specimen
Screening (privacy)

 Suitable Substitutions for Cortaderia selloana