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Dwarf Pampas Grass

Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'

Cortaderia pumila is one of the most cold-hardy varieties of pampas grass, this selection is shorter and more compact than others. However, it bears the same showy plumes which are creamy-white and silky to the touch and the plumes are perfect for dried flower arrangements

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Dwarf Pampas Grass Cortaderia pumila for Sale

Dwarf Pampas grass is Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-11 where it is best grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Tolerates drought once established. Cut foliage back to the ground in late winter. Clumps may be divided in late winter to early spring. This grass is technically gynodioecious, but usually appears dioecious. Female plants produce prodigious amounts of seed and can self-seed freely, often resulting in naturalization that displaces valuable native plants. In the colder climates, this grass will generally not survive winter and should be planted in large containers (e.g., whiskey barrels) for overwintering in a garage etc.

Cortaderia selloana, commonly called pampas grass, is native to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Its common name is in obvious reference to the Argentine grasslands (the pampas) where it grows. It was planted around the world in Victorian times, and today is considered to be one of the most popular ornamental grasses.

This is a tough, large grass that forms dense, substantial clumps (tussocks) featuring arching, serrulate, narrow green leaves that are topped in fall by huge, feathery, silvery-white plumes. It was first introduced into the U. S. in 1848, and for many years now has been grown as an ornamental plant in certain southern and western parts of the U.S. It has also been grown commercially for the harvest of its large flower plumes for use in dried arrangements.

Leaf-blades are extremely sharp (easily cut human skin) and may reach 6 to 8 feet-8’ in length. Flower plumes (1-3’ long) may rise to 4 to 5' tall on erect stems. Silvery white plumes (sometimes with traces of pink) are more impressive on female plants than on male plants. Genus name comes from the Argentinian name.


Growzone: 7-11 Dwarf Pampas Grass Hardiness Zones 7-11
Hardiness Zone: 7-11
Mature Height: 4 Feet (6 feet with plumes)
Mature Width: 4 Feet
Sunlight: Full sun to part sun
Water Requirements: Average
Details: It thrives in hot, full sun exposures and is especially useful as a specimen grass.This variety is very drought resistant once established
Selling Points: Drought tolerant, tolerates urban pollution

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