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Cortaderia selloana 'Sunningdale Silver' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Cream and White in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

pampas grass 'Sunningdale Silver'

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

'Sunningdale Silver' is a robust, evergreen grass forming a clump of arching, narrow, dark green leaves up to 1.4m in length. Long, silky, creamy-white flower heads borne on stems to 2.2m in height in summer

Synonym(s)

  • Cortaderia 'Sunningdale Silver'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most well-drained fertile soils in full sun. May need some winter protection in first season

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in spring or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance or Prairie Planting


How to care

Pruning

Cut back old, flowered stems and dead foliage at the bases in late winter

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free