A plant of 60’s suburbia. With the housing boom in the 1960’s the Pampas grass became a popular feature of British gardens. The images are of a compact cultivar of this South American giant; Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila’.
Found growing on the flat plains of South America, the pampas, several cultivars have been introduced. These are tolerant of many soil types and conditions. Best planted in an open sunny situation where over years the initial shoot will clump up to two metres in height and can be as broad.
The evergreen nature of the plant and the sharpness of the leaves make it best approached with care. The panicles are composed of a dense mass of individual flowers. Silver in appearance and of great merit as a specimen plant or in the mixed border at this time of year.