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PlantFiles: Pampas Grass
Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cortaderia (kor-tuh-DEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: selloana (sel-lo-AH-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pumila

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive janis_c On Sep 23, 2012, janis_c from San Jose, CA wrote:

I recently purchased this plant w/plumage ....planted it in a huge planter on right side of my garage door and placed two uplights (spotlights) on the fronds... Absolutely stunning!!! Great focal point in what used to be a dark and unbecoming area of my driveway.

Positive marywalters On Feb 29, 2012, marywalters from Holland, MI wrote:

This is THE cold, hardy pampas grass for northern climates. Grown for at least 3 years in Zone 5. Same wonderful full plumes (you won't find this type of plume on a Miscanthus). Not as towering in the landscape as the standard Pampas Grass as it stays a charming 5' tall.

Positive miltongarden On Aug 25, 2011, miltongarden from Milton, FL wrote:

beautiful plumes, my plant is now going on second season of planting and just started plumes, well worth the wait!

Positive Flower_riot On Mar 13, 2007, Flower_riot from Navasota, TX wrote:

I live near Navasota, Tx in zone 8b in the Blackland Prarie (black gumbo clay). I planted Ivory Feathers around my A/C last summer and they are beautiful! I love the plumes and they stayed green all winter long, even though we had ice. The leaves are sharp, but no problem if I wear gloves and long sleeves.

Neutral Tir_Na_Nog On Feb 18, 2006, Tir_Na_Nog from Houston
United States (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love the look of this grass and the fact that this is a dwarf version. But I heard on a PBS gardening show that it is sharp and requires long sleeves and gloves to trim!!!! Please tell me this isn't so! I guess I won't be able to use it.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
San Jose, California
Milton, Florida
Holland, Michigan
Muskegon, Michigan
Las Vegas, Nevada
East Meadow, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Crosbyton, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Navasota, Texas
Falls Church, Virginia

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