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Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata'

Pampas grass

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Attractive seed-heads

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (215427)

Plant details

Previously known as 'Gold Band', this attractive pampas grass has variegated leaves which are margined with golden yellow. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of its outstanding excellence. Plants are best tidied annually to keep them free from debris which otherwise builds up and chokes out new growth. Wear gloves when handling the plant as the leaves have sharp edges. In late winter, comb through the plant and cut out the old leaves and stems. Some gardeners set fire to their plants to remove this dead material but care needs to be taken as this can get out of control and damage the plant. The plumes can be cut and dried for flower arranging, but are superb left in the garden where they look lovely rimed with frost in the winter.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Cortaderia

Species: selloana

Cultivar: Aureolineata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Attractive seed-heads

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 210cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to divide plants: March to May


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