Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
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.
11 - 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
3'-20' / 0.9m - 6.1m
4'-13' / 1.2m - 4.0m
South America, Micronesia, New Zealand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Pink, Tan
Green, Light Green, Dark Green
Dark Green, Tan
Dried Flower / Everlasting, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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