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Eye Catching Pampas Grass Plumes in our Houston Subdivision

My hubby and I went for a late afternoon walk in our subdivision today and all of a sudden the shafts of sunlight that hit the plumes of some pampas grass near the fencing of someone’s yard caught my eye. It was though nature intended for them to be spotlighted at that exact moment in time.

Fortunately I had my camera in my pocket and therefore you readers can also enjoy this visual delight.

We had some pampas grass at a former home of ours. About every year or so we would trim the razor sharp foliage and let new growth emerge from the base of the plant. This is certainly a job where one needs to wear protective clothing!

Once established pampas grass needs little attention and it can even tolerate salt spray so can be grown in coastal areas. Various cultivars of it can be grown from zones 6 to 8 and it comes in different sizes ranging from 4 up to 10 feet in height.

Most of the pampas grass plumes I have personally seen are white but there is also one that shades towards the pink side.

The official name is Cortaderia selloana and I did not realize that because of its invasive nature in certain areas like Hawaii and New Zealand it has actually been banned from being planted.

California has placed it on its invasive weed list, thus it is not welcomed just anywhere despite its beauty.

Pampas grass can be effective in controlling erosion and likes to get planted in full sunlight ideally but can tolerate less.

The clumps of pampas grass can be divided with a sharp spade or shovel after they have been trimmed back and transplanted if one wishes to grow more plants or share with friends.

Pampas grass is native to South America. Have you ever grown pampas grass where you live or do you see it growing in your area?

Photo credit: Peggy Woods

(This article was originally published by me on Bubblews…October 19, 2013…but removed and also removed from a Google search.)

Image Credit » Peggy Woods

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maxeen wrote on January 15, 2015, 6:42 PM

it grows here by our lakes and I think it is slightly pink.I have photos around somewhere.

agvulpes wrote on January 15, 2015, 11:48 PM

Great photo! I love to watch the large lots of Pampas blowing in the breeze , the patterns are beautiful :)

DDS1 wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:39 AM

I think I'll need to Google it, but I'm guessing we don't get it here in Canada. (but you never know)

PegCole17 wrote on January 16, 2015, 9:20 AM

The picture really highlights the beauty of the plant. I never knew it was part of the invasive species. People often plant it here in new subdivisions and it always looks great in the landscaping. None of this plant is growing in my yard. We mostly have scrub oak and cedar trees that I wish I'd cut down before they obscured my view.

seren3 wrote on January 16, 2015, 10:45 AM

I think it is a beautiful plant. I didn't know it was invasive. It certainly could be used in California for the erosion conditions after fires. It seems nothing is done about that.

LilyDay wrote on January 16, 2015, 11:30 AM

It is pretty enough; however, as you said, it can be terribly invasive. I don't know if there is any in this region, but it is possible; while I always associate it with warmer climates, it can actually grow in a fairly wide range of environments.

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:37 PM

Pampas grass is a bit of a sniggering joke in the UK. Back in the 1970s/1980s it was considered to be a secret sign, that the house occupants were "swingers" emoticon :smile: It's rarely seen these days because, as houses were sold - and as more people found this out - more pampas grass was removed from the front gardens of many houses.

Ruby3881 wrote on January 16, 2015, 11:55 PM

It's a very pretty grass. I'd love to see the pinkish strains.

trufflehunter wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:00 AM

That's lovely. I enjoy looking at nature photos from around the world as the grass here is hardly worth photographing.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 19, 2015, 8:53 PM

That is a great picture you took. It is amazing how at certain moments , certain things (like nature) can be in the most perfect setting for a photo to be taken. Thank goodness for cameras!