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Pampas Grass 'Pumila'

Cortaderia selloana

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


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.