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CORTADERIA jubata

Image of Cortaderia jubata

Jesse Saylor

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

CORTADERIA jubata

Plant Common Name

Purple Pampas Grass

Special Notice

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General Description

Best known in the form of pampas grass (C. selloana), Cortaderia comprises more than 20 evergreen or semi-evergreen grasses native to South America, New Zealand, and New Guinea. Their long, arching blades arise from dense spreading clumps that can become immense. Showy, feathery panicles of silvery, tawny, or pinkish flowers are borne on stout stems. Height varies, but most species are tall.

In cultivation, most cortaderias grow best in full sun and amply drained, average to poor soil. They are warm weather grasses well-suited for areas with mild summers and winters. Use them for screening, wind breaks, seaside plantings, and cut flowers. Some species are considered invasive.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-20' / 0.9m - 6.1m

  • Width

    4'-13' / 1.2m - 4.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    South America, Micronesia, New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Tan

  • Fruit Color

    White, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes