Pampas grass comes from South America and captivates with its fronds that gently bend back and forth in the wind. However, this effect requires a certain height and size of the plant.
Varieties in a table
|Name||Height of growth in cm||Flower height in cm||Growth width in cm||Flower color in cm||Leaf color|
|Andes Silver||up to 200 (including fronds)||up to 150||cream white||green|
|Argentea||up to 80 (including leaves)||200||up to 120||white||bluish-medium green|
|Aureolineata||up to 80 (including leaves)||180||100 till 150||silvery white||light yellow green striped|
|Citaro||80 to 150 (including fronds)||200 to 250||100 to 120||white-yellowish||dark green|
|Comet||80 to 150 (including fronds)||50 to 150||cream white||gray green, green white|
|Compacta||100 to 150 (including fronds)||40||creamy white to silvery||green|
|Esperanta||70 to 90 (including fronds)||100 to 120||cream yellow to light brown||green with golden yellow leaf edge|
|Evita||70 to 150 (including fronds)||60 to 80||light yellow, white||gray-green|
|Golden Comet||80 to 150 (including fronds)||50 to 150||cream white||golden yellow green striped|
|Junior||80 to 100 (including fronds)||up to 50||cream||green|
|Liliput||80 to 120 (including fronds)||100 to 120||silvery-white||gray-green|
|Mini Silver||75 to 100 (including leaves)||180||70 to 100||pink||teal|
|Patagonia||up to 150 (including fronds)||up to 100||reddish||green|
|Pink Feather||up to 90 (including leaves)||180||100 to 120||silvery pink||gray-green|
|Pumila||50 (including leaves)||120||100 to 120||silver/white||dark green to gray green|
|Rendalteri||200 to 250 (including fronds)||up to 100||pink to purple||green|
|Rosea||up to 90 (including leaves)||200||up to 100||brownish pink||gray-green|
|Rose Plum||110 to 130 (including fronds)||up to 80||delicate pink||green|
|Senior||up to 80 ( including leaves)||200||up to 40||cream white||dark green to gray green|
|Silver Comet||50 to 150 (including fronds)||60 to 80||shimmering white||grayish green with white leaf edges|
|Splendid Star||100 to 150 (including fronds)||70 to 100||cream to beige||green cream white variegated|
|Sunningdale Silver||up to 90 (including leaves)||200 to 250||100 to 120||silver white||gray-green|
|White feather||90 to 250 (including fronds)||50 to 80||silvery-white||gray-green|
American pampas grass, also called silver pampas grass or pampas grass for short, belongs to the sweet grasses (Poaceae). The clump of Cortaderia selloana, as it is botanically called, consists of overhanging leaves that are close together and can grow 100 to 200 centimeters long. The long ovoid panicle flowers stand close together or loosely, later becoming feathery, and are silvery white, yellowish, or pink (pink), depending on the variety. The height of the panicles ranges from 30 to 100 centimeters. If the stem is added, the flower height can be up to 250 centimeters.
Frequently asked questions
How many plants should I put per square meter?
Since pampas grass grows very spreading, in terms of height and size, it is enough if you put one plant per square meter.
When can I cut off the long fronds?
Pampas grass is cut back in the spring, as the leaves and fronds serve as protection during the winter. It is optimal if you tie the grass against cold wind.