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Add Interest To Your Garden With Pampas Grass

Aug 17, 2007
Pampas grass is a worthy grass for any garden or landscape. It is also known as the Cortaderia Selloana or the Uruguayan Pampas Grass. It is part of the Poaceae family and of the genus Cortaderia.

This tall grass is actually a native of the South America, particularly in the southern part of this continent. It is even named after the place Patagonia. This name was coined in 1818 by Alexander von Humboldt. It was claimed to be named after a German botanist who studied intensively the plants of the South America.

Pampas grass can reach a tall height of three meters. They have relatively long and evergreen leaves that can range from one to two meters in length and one centimeter in width. These dimensions are not to be taken lightly as the grasses are also known for their sharp edges. Thus, it can cause some cuts. One must handle this grass properly.

The leaves are generally in evergreen color although most people would describe it as bluish-green. There are also some that can develop a silvery grey color. The pampas also bears flowers that create a dense mass of white articles in their 20 to 40 centimeters length.

The good thing about pampas grass is that they can easily adapt to their environments and they are not very choosy of the climate and temperature. They are also able to proliferate easily. Each grass is capable of bearing over a million seeds during its plant life. However, this characteristic can also make the pampas very much disfavored like in areas of Hawaii and California. These are even banned in the New Zealand. There, people are prohibited from selling and planting this grass.

Pampas grass, being of South American origin, was only introduced to the North America and Europe. There it became useful as an ornamental grass. The flowers of the pampas are also feathery enough. These can make avery beautiful displays and lovely details to a flower arrangement when dried out.

Some of the varieties of the pampas grass are the albolineata, a smal type that grows up to maximum of two meters only, and the sunningdale silver, a favorite among many for its colors.

Pampas grass can make a good addition to your garden if you have an area that needs to be shielded from view. They can also be great along a fenced in area if you want to soften up the sharp edges of the fence. Many people plant them at the edges of the woods, in the back of their garden for a greener backdrop.
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Lee Dobbins writes for http://grasses.garden-g8way.com where you can learn more about all different types of grasses including more about pampass grass.
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