Pampas grass

Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'

Pampas grass - Cortaderia selloana  'Pumila'

Common Name: Pampas grass
Genus: Cortaderia
Species: selloana
Cultivar: 'Pumila'

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained


  • Other features: always wear stout gardening gloves when working with pampas grass to protect hands from cuts caused by the sharp leaf margins; the flowers may be used in fresh or dried flower arrangements

Silky silvery-yellow flower plumes in late summer above large mounds of sharp-edged mid-green leaves. 'Pumila' is a particularly compact and free-flowering variety of this much-maligned ornamental grass. We've chosen it as one of our recommended plants since it makes an excellent all-year focal-point for the smaller garden.

  • Garden care: Protect the crowns of young plants during the first winter with a deep dry mulch. Each year in late-winter or early-spring wearing stout gardening gloves remove the previous year's stems by cutting and combing.

  • Goes well with: Euphorbia characias subspecies wulfenii 'Lambrook Gold' Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' Phlomis russeliana Veronicastrum virginicum f. album Verbena bonariensis Lychnis coronaria 'Alba'.