Pampas grass (also known as cortaderia selloana) is native to South America and comes in many different shapes, sizes and colours. The name cortaderia originates from Argentine Spanish name meaning ‘cutter’ in reference to its razer sharp leaves. All types of pampas grasses are super fast growing and can be invasive taking all ground nutrients and sunlight from other plants, therefore you usually find pampas plants growing on its own or next to other pampas plants. You will find them in open spaces, growing along roads and riverbanks. Another very popular place is coastal areas as the plant tolerates salt spray.

The plant itself can grow all over the world and tolerates all different climates, however it grows best in sunlight and loves full days of hot sunshine. Once a pampas plant is fully established it requires very low maintenance, it is drought tolerant and has very few pest problems.

There are approximately 25 species of cortaderia and the plants are either male and females. Both are quite different, the female plants are more spectacular, the plumes are more shiny, fuller, fluffy and lighter in colour. The male flowers are less impressive in size and usually darker in colour, however both flowers have unique beauty and are used to create different bohemian vibes within the living space.  

Harvesting the plant for home décor is done in the late summer/early Autumn. This is when the plant is in full bloom but is not too mature that its starting to shed. The winter weather will start to damage the plumes. Once harvested they are dried immediately, usually by hanging them upside in a warm environment. Drying them immediately stops them from shedding, making them into the beautiful long lasting flower arrangement that we love to display in our homes.


February 14, 2022 — Megan Staples