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Plant Database Search Results > Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'
Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila' - Dwarf 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
Flower Color: Creamy White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila' (Dwarf Pampas Grass) - A smaller, finer-textured version of Pampas Grass reaching 4-6 ft. with 6-7 ft. flower spikes. This is the most floriferous cultivator of the Pampas Grasses: In late summer a single plant can have over 100 flower stalks. Drought resistant. Originally thought to be a sterile male flowering plant (the species is dioecious with male and female flowers on different plants), some now believe that Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila' produces some viable seed. A single seedling emerged in our own garden after the large plant in the garden had gone through 3 successive flowering seasons. Given the number of flowers produced this has caused us to label the plant as "nearly sterile". Although this plant has not proved to be a weed pest in southern California, there is growing concern about the planting of any species of Cortaderia and care should be exercised when planting this grass in locations where seed may spread into sensitive habitats. 

This information about Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.