Pampas Grass is a magnificent addition to landscapes where a natural look is desired. Also works well to fill in areas where soil is poor, or other options have failed. Grows in large mounds, or clumps......referred to as tussocks, which can reach heights of up to 8 or 9 ft when in full bloom. Grass blades are evergreen in most locations, and have a very sharp, serrated edge to them - especially when brushed in the opposite direction of growth ( from tip to base ). Bloom heads ( panicles ) are a bright white color, and very feathery & soft in both appearance, as well as touch. They are commonly dried & used in floral arrangements all over the country.
This beautiful ornamental grass is native to certain areas of South America, but is now widely seen, and used in most all parts of the world. It is very adaptable, and can withstand a wide variety of soils, and environmental situations.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 6-9 ft ( includes flower panicles )
Mature Width:5-8 ft
Growth rate: Moderate
Hardiness Zones: 7-10 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Preference: Average to slightly sandy - well drained........will adapt to a wide variety of soil compositions
Foliage Color & Texture: Grass blades are extremely long & thin - evergreen in most all areas. Blade edges have a serrated, spiny margin that can cause cuts & scrapes when handled carelessly.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Feathery flower panicles are produced in late summer through mid fall. Soft, white feathery blooms contain very small seeds, which are released in heavy amounts when ripened.
Diseases / Insects: None to mention
Recommended Spacing: 8 ft apart recommended for group planting / 4 feet apart for solid barrier / screen
Deer Resistance Rating: Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
Fertilization / Feeding: Either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular type is acceptable. Granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is acceptable. Best to fertilize throughout the spring, and again 2 or 3 times in early fall - avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting.