Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'

Pampas grass

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads



Skill level


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Plant details

Pampas grass suffered bad press for a few years, following the trend of having them as lone plants in the middle of the lawn. They are now back in fashion, although this time they are firmly back in the border, planted alongside the swaying flower-heads of other ornamental grasses. 'Pumila' is a charming dwarf form that only reaches 1.5m (5ft) high. This may not sound very dwarf but, compared to the towering heights that other pampas grasses reach, it certainly qualifies for this description. Grow in any well-drained soil in a sunny position. Plants are best tidied annually to keep them free from debris which otherwise builds up and chokes out new growth. 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. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Cortaderia

Species: selloana

Cultivar: Pumila

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to divide plants: February to April

Flowering period: August to August

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