Pampas Grass

Cortaderia spp.

Tussock Grass

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Cortaderia is a genus containing around 25 evergreen and semi-evergreen perennial grass species, forming large tufts of long, flat, stiff leaves with rough margins. Originating from grasslands located near waterways in New Guinea, New Zealand and South America, this genus is characterised by tall, silvery, attractive white or pink plumes of feathery inflorescences, borne on tall stems. Widely cultivated as ornamental grasses (that need a lot of space), they are commonly referred to as pampas grass and used as single specimen plants or to add height when placed at the back of garden borders. Also useful in flower arrangements.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

New Guinea, New Zealand and South America

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Compost, Chalk, Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Poaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free
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