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Cortaderia Selloana 'Splendid Star' - Pampass Grass, Cortaderia

Cortaderia Selloana 'Splendid Star' - Pampass Grass, Cortaderia

Type Grass, Deciduous
Size Medium Border (50-100cm height)
Form Spreading clump
Colours Dark green Foliage, White Flowers (Summer late)
Care Low/easy maintenance
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium growing

This lower growing pampus requires less space for its arching foliage, which is almost blue green and reasonably attractive in its own right. It is worth growing for the huge plumes of white feathered flower spikes that will provide flower interest into the winter months. Plant in mixed borders to provide late interest with its impressive architectural plumage lasting well into the winter months.

Cultivation tips: Pampus grass might have been over planted but then that's because its tough and it puts on a good show. This particular variety has a more compact form so require less space and will grow happily among other grasses and herbaceous plants. Cortaderia will tolerate dry soils but prefers fertile yet well drained soil. It will need a sunny location to flower. It essential that you undertake winter cutting back of spent flower stems; sharp foliage is tough work so wear gloves. Mulch every few years.
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