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