One of the finest ornamental grasses, a perennial which is not entirely winter-hardy.
Unlike many other fine ornamental grasses, pampas grass has become very popular for planting in separate. The fact that it must be wrapped up in winter is obviously accepted as an unavoidable disadvantage. Numerous white plumes are developed, especially after a hot summer; they can be gathered and dried and are very long-lasting.
Standard, porous garden soil.
Only by division of plants which have flowered well. The female plants produce the finest plumes.
Cortaderia selloana syn Gynerium argenteum: Height 2-3 m; the silvery-white plumes do not appear until some weeks into autumn; linear green foliage. There are also strains with pale-pink flower plumes.