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Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila' (Pampas Grass)

Pampas Grass 'Pumila', Dwarf Pampas Grass


Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila' is a compact Pampas Grass that is perfect for mid-sized gardens. Quite showy, this South American native features magnificent, dense tussocks of arching, narrow gray-green leaves that are gracefully topped from late summer to mid-winter by huge, silky, creamy-white plumes. 

  • Tough as nails and requiring very little care, this showy perennial, evergreen grass is among the most cold-hardy pampa grasses. 
  • Won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Typically grows up to 4-6 feet tall (120-180 cm) and spreads 3-4 feet wide (90-120 cm)
  • Welcomed in any garden style, it is versatile and can be used as a specimen plant, in groups or en masse to create dramatic backdrops, view barriers or wind screens. It is ideal in the landscape where it provides texture, color and contrast, great in naturalistic meadows. Excellent in dried flowers in arrangements.
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade, in dry to medium moisturewell-drained soils and provides fall - winter interest.
  • Tolerates almost all soil conditions, drought, once established, as well as salty and dry windsDeer resistant too!
  • Cut back old foliage to the ground in late winter. More showy, female plants produce the best plumes and lots of seeds. Self-seed freely, they are considered invasive in certain areas of the US.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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