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Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

pampas grass 'Pumila'

Family

Poaceae


Cortaderia are robust evergreen grasses forming large, compact tufts of narrowly linear, rough-edged leaves, with erect stems bearing dense silvery or pink-tinged flower panicles which are excellent for drying

'Pumila' is a perennial, evergreen grass forming a compact clump of narrow, arching dark green leaves to 45cm in length. Silky creamy-white plumes are freely borne on stems to 1.2m in height in late summer

Synonym(s)

  • Cortaderia pumila

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, with ample space to develop into a specimen. Protect crowns of young plants in their first winter

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Sand, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Gravel Garden or Prairie Planting


How to care

Pruning

Cut and comb out the previous year's stems and dead foliage annually in late winter or early spring, taking care to avoid the sharp leaf margins

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free