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CORTADERIA selloana 'Monvin'(SUN STRIPE™) PP5136
Pampas Grass, Sun Stripe™ Pampas Grass
One of the signature plants of the vast Argentine plains for which it is named, pampas grass is an immense, clumping, highly ornamental evergreen grass that is grown and naturalized throughout the milder climatic regions of the world. Although usually grown for its large, plumy flower heads on lofty stems, in the case of the selection Sun Stripe it is equally valued for the showy longitudinal yellow banding on its long, folded, fountaining leaves. From late summer into fall, showy heads of silvery white female flowers are held well above the foliage atop stout stalks (female plants have showier, silky-haired flowers and are more desirable). The ornamental seed heads dry to a lovely straw color and persist well into winter. This cultivar also has a more compact habit than most others.
This drought- and salt-tolerant grass prefers full sun, well-drained soil, and occasional watering during extended dry spells. Remove brown dead leaves with a rake: the often recommended practice of shearing the clump to the ground can damage or kill the plant. Mass this cultivar as a hedge or barrier, or use it as a specimen or border plant. Place it where its rough, sharp leaf edges do not pose a risk to passersby. Pampas grass has escaped cultivation and is considered an invasive species in some locations.
12 - 7
7 - 11
H1, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m
5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
South America, Argentina
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow, Green, Gray Green
Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break
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