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Products > Cortaderia selloana 'Silver Comet'
Cortaderia selloana 'Silver Comet' - Silver Comet Pampas Grass

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Argentina (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Cortaderia selloana 'Silver Comet' (Silver Comet Pampas Grass) - A smaller, finer-textured version of C. selloana reaching 6 feet tall with white longitudinal variegation, mainly on the edge of the leaf. In late summer the flower plumes typical of the species appear but barely rise above the foliage and are best removed to enhance the dramatic look of the variegated leaves. It is drought resistant and hardy down to 15 -20 degrees F. It is absolutely the showiest of the variegated Pampas Grasses. We originally spotted this plant growing at Western Hills Nursery in Occidental, CA where it lit up the section of garden it was growing in. Our thanks to Bob Hornback for giving us the stock plants from which we have built our crops of this beauty. Although we have never had seedlings of this plant appear in our garden and this cultivar has not been identified as a weed pest, there is growing concern about the planting of any Pampas Grass and we have discontinued production of all cultivars of it. Care should be exercised when planting any Cortaderia cultivar in locations where seed may spread into sensitive habitat.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Cortaderia 'Silver Comet'.