Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana)
These elegant ornamental grasses have "feather duster" plumes from late summer and throughout the fall!
Cortaderia selloana Pampas Grass is a low-maintenance plant. There is no need to spray for insects or any other bothersome garden pests. It will grow in most soils and responds favorably to frequent fertilization.
To obtain good growth and plume production, pampas grass should be fertilized with a complete fertilizer (6-6-6, 8-8-8, or 10-10-10) at a rate of two pounds per 100 square feet four times each year.
Ornamental grass care also includes cutting out the brown, dead foliage in the late winter. Or, if significant frost damage occurs, the entire plant can be cut back to 2 feet from the ground. The grass blades are sharp, so care must be taken when pruning.
USDA Zones: 7 - 10
Height: 80 inches
Width: 48 inches
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Color: Pink
Growth Rate: Moderate
Fall Color: No change
Soil Requirement: Well-drained soils, pH 5.5 - 7.2
Environment: Full sun
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Cortaderia selloana
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: These are very tiny seeds that should be mixed with the finest sand or talcum for an even sowing. Do not cover with compost, only press them in gently
Sowing Rate: 5 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 80 inches