Everything About Pampas Grass

Pampas grass

What Is Pampas Grass:

Pampas grass(Cortaderia Selloana), is the standing trend in home decor and weddings over the last few years. This Grass usually looks like soft white feathery cotton. It is a rapid grower, usually 5 to 10 feet(1.5-3m) in height. The best part is it is effortless to maintain. Usually, such plants proliferate in sunlight but can grow in partial shade. It can tolerate salt and generally grows in sea areas. 

 

Here we have provided crucial information about the 12 types of pampas grass, how to grow it, how to control it, why your grass is not producing flowers, diseases, etc.

Types of Pampas Grass:

 

There are 12 types of Pampas Grass. We have given you crucial information below.

1 Gold Band

  • Botanical name: Aureolinata

  • Blossoms: August and lasts through early September

  • Color: Yellow, gold & white 

  • Height: 6 to 10 feet

  • Light: Full sun

  • Cost: Low maintenance cost

  • US growing zone: 8-10

Tips: If you are looking for a slow-growing pampas grass, then you can choose it.

2 Pink pampas

  • Botanical name: Rendataleri/Rosa

  • Blossoms: Mid-summer through fall

  • Color: Pink

  • Height: 5 to 8 feet

  • Light: Full sun, partial shade

  • US growing zone: 7-10

Tips: Dry to medium moisture soil and well-drained soil are preferable.

3 Purple Pampas

  • Botanical name: Cortaderia jubata

  • Blossoms: Mid-summer to late fall

  • Color: Pink, purple, white 

  • Height: 20 to 22 feet which is the tallest Pampas Grass

  • Light: Full sun/partial shade

  • US growing zone: 6-10

Warning: Do not plant it in California, Hawaii, and Oregon. There it is considered a noxious weed.

4 Silver Comet

  • Botanical name: Cortaderia selloana

  • Blossoms: Early summer to mid-fall

  • Color: Creamy White

  • Height: 4 to 6 feet

  • Light: Full sun

  • US growing zone: 7-10

Tips: 

Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs

Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F

5 Silver Stripe

  • Botanical name: Albolineata

  • Blossoms: Mid-summer to early winter

  • Color: Grey, Silver

  • Light: Full Sun

6 Sunningdale Silver

  • Botanical name: Cortaderia selloana 

  • Blossoms: Late June through fall

  • Color: Cream, White

  • Height: 5 to 8 feet

  • Light: Full sun/partial sun

  • US growing zone: 6-8

Tips: Easy to plant during the summer but needs extra protection in the first winter.

7 Silver Fountain

  • Botanical name: Cortaderia selloana

  • Blossoms: July through mid-November

  • Color: Silver, White

  • Height: 0.5 to 1 foot

  • Light: Full sun/partial sun

  • US growing zone: 6-10

Tips: Water twice a week during the summer day. It will grow swiftly.

8 Dwarf Pampas

  • Botanical name: Pumila

  • Blossoms: Mid-summer through fall

  • Color: White

  • Height: 4 to 5 feet

  • Light: Full sun

  • US growing zone: 6-10

Warning: Prohibited in California

9 Sun Stripe

  • Botanical name: Monvin

  • Blossoms: Early June through November

  • Color: Silver, white

  • Height: 4 to 5 feet

  • Light: Full sun

  • US growing zone: 8-10

Tips: You need full sun and well-drained soil to cultivate this grass.

10 Hardy Pampas

 

  • Botanical name: Saccharum Ravennae

  • Blossoms: Summer through early winter

  • Color: White

  • Height: 8 to 12 feet

  • Light: Full sun

  • US growing zone: 6-9

11 Patagonia Pampas

  • Botanical name: Patagonia

  • Blossoms: Late summer to mid-winter

  • Color: Yellow, grey & silver

  • Height: 5 to 6 feet

  • Light: Full sun/partial shade

  • US growing zone: 8-10

Tips: Easy to plant during the summer but need extra protection in the first winter.

12 Splendid Star Pampas

  • Botanical name: Dwarf Golden Pampas

  • Blossoms: Mid-summer to early winter

  • Color: Silver, white & grey

  • Height: 4 to 5 feet

  • Light: Full sun/partial sun

  • US growing zone: 7-10

How to grow:

pampas grass in the backyard

Pampas grass requires a specious place to grow. When you have planned for mass production, keep space between each grass 6-8 feet apart. It can tolerate variant types of soil, but if you want a good result, ensure the soil is moist and well-drained. Pampas grass prefers full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. This grass cannot endure the cold, so you can not grow it outside if you live in cold territory. Though It is not ideal as a houseplant, if you have planted this grass in a container, you can keep them indoors during winter to protect them from the cold. This grass requires the USDA zone 6-11.

Why is your pampas grass not producing flowers?

You might discover that your pampas aren’t blooming. Fear not; there is no disease here. Nitrogen has the potential to cause it. Most probably, your soil is fertilizer-rich. Oodles of nitrogen or lack of phosphorus can be the reason for restraining the growth of a particular type of pampas grass. To solve this problem, you can add some phosphorus-rich compost.

How to control pampas grass:

Pampas grass

The best part of pampas grass, it requires low maintenance. It can survive with watering once a week and can grow fast. So you should trim it at least once a year. Early spring (before the blooming season) or mid or late winter can be a suitable time to lop. Cut it 2-3 feet.

Warning: Use hand gloves and eyeglasses while cutting this grass.

Diseases of pampas grass:

Though it is a disease-free plant, occasionally infected by helminthosporium leaf spots, fungicides can treat this problem. Planting pampas grass can accentuate a particular part of your garden. It can grow faster with minimal maintenance. Just ensure enough space for it.

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