Northern and Mid South gardeners will rejoice, a cold hardy pampas grass is now here! Cortaderia ‘Pumila’ is one of the most cold hardy pampas grasses and is now available in this dwarf size, making it easier to handle in smaller landscapes and gardens. Dark green foliage rustles beneath long, luxuriously soft creamy white plumes that can reach 18 inches long, creating a dramatic spectacle when planted alone as a specimen, or in a massive drift of creamy white color. You have to try this beautiful perennial grass this spring!
Native to Brazil, Argentina and Chile, and growing in the Pampas region of the Argentinian grasslands where it got its name from, C. selloana is a highly contested invasive plant in many areas of the United States. Care should be taken when planting any plant that is included on the invasives list, and conscientious gardeners will contact their county extension agent to inquire about particular species of plants that affect their area. Cortaderia ‘Pumila’ is reported to be a sterile, non seed producing plant, making this an environmentally wise choice for gardeners across the country.
Pampas Grass Care
Categorized as an easy care perennial grass, Pumila asks for a full sun location with moist, well drained garden soil. Once established, Pumila is relatively drought resistant and likes to stay on the drier side. It is tolerant of a wide variety of soil pH ranges, drawing its nutrients from the soil very efficiently. It is considered a low maintenance plant, and is small enough to be handled with ease, unlike its sometimes giant counterparts. Water only when in an extended dry period. It is capable of being planted in the open, and tolerates wind easily. In fact, that’s when it is the most beautiful, with the wind creating incredible movement of the leaves and flowers. It is salt tolerant and deer and rabbits rarely browse on it.
Deadheading is not required for continuing, long lasting blooms. Blooms typically last up to 4 weeks! Harvest stems frequently, but only because you enjoy the plumes in indoor dried flower arrangements. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years to alleviate overcrowding. Cortaderia spread via underground root systems and will experience some decline if allowed to get overcrowded. Divide in late winter, early spring for best results. Cut tussocks of dormant grass down in late winter prior to new growth appearing to give new growth room to grow. Pumila will provides some winter interest with its strong vertical stems and dried flower heads which age to a caramel tan color.
Pampas Grass Spacing
Space your plants according to what you want to create in your landscape. If massing out in huge drifts and creating a hedge, plant about 36 inches apart. If planting with other tall perennials in your garden bed or landscape, allow 48 inches of space between plants. This grass makes a great stand alone specimen plant for your landscape, and also looks great when planted in large containers on your patio. Dwarf Pampas grass Pumila will grow to about 5 feet tall and spread out to about 4 feet wide. However you choose to plant this in your landscape this spring, you will enjoy this newer, smaller and tougher version of the lovely Pampas grass!
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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
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