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Commonly known as Pampas grass, Tussock grass
Well-known plume-grass rising from dense tussocks of rough or sharp narrowly linear leaves.
Genus of 25 species of evergreen or semi-evergreen, perennial grasses from grassland, often near water, in New Zealand, New Guinea and South America.
EvergreenLeaves remain gold-streaked all year.
Height50-70cm (20-28in) with white plumes to 90-120cm (36-48in)
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Ornamental grassesClump forming perennial. Compact habit.
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowCAUTION - sharp leaf edges. A more manageable, smaller form.Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originTemperate South America
Leaf Colour (if not green)Gold variegated
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
50-70cm (20-28in) with white plumes to 90-120cm (36-48in)
Buy Varieties of CORTADERIA
densely tufted New Zealand species with creamy-white plumes which last well into winter
(argentea) - tall growing, white flower spikes. This variety will grow virtually anywhere but is most vigorous in or beside a bog
(AM form) yellow variegated leaves
tall growing silvery foliage, large white flower
glistening pink plumes