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Cortaderia selloana Pumila


Pampas grass

A compact version of this much loved ornamental grass

A dwarf form of this spectacular and much loved specimen grass. Producing dense green clumps which are then topped by plumes of seed heads in late summer. Its more compact size makes it an ideal plant for any garden but unlike its larger cousin it has a place in smaller gardens where it produces an eye catching structure and form.


It will thrive in well drained soil in a sunny spot.


Fully hardy, in exposed positions it will still benefit from some winter protection of the crown. Tidy the foliage annually removing dead leaves but ensure you wear gloves as the leaves are sharp. The seed heads can be cut and used in flower arranging.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Grass, Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering September - October
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant, Gravel garden

Typically available

From March to September