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Cortaderia, Pink Pampas

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Short Description

Give your garden the powerful and dramatic feeling of height.

Full Description

This sensuous ornamental grass has huge, silky, sand-pink plumes reaching 2 ft. long atop 6-7 ft. stalks from early summer to mid-autumn. Dramatic in large dried arrangements.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-84 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-48 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.


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Mar 27, 2017

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Carex: Potted Perennial Plant


How to Plant


Planting Potted Plants:


  • Choose a location in full sun with moist, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.


How to Grow


  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.

Growing Tips


  • Carex is low-maintenance once established.
  • Trim plants back periodically to about 4 inches above the soil level to rejuvenate them.
  • For varieties that stay green year round, remove dead foliage as opposed to cutting back the entire plant.
  • Use carex in containers, as an edging, in a rock garden.
Full Sun
72-84 inches
36-48 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Life Cycle
Cortaderia, Pink Pampas is rated 1.3 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no growth I had purchased three of the grasses last spring. Since planting, they had doubled in size.. I was pretty excited over the winter months to see how big they would get this summer. (I did trim them back to 4 inches from the ground once they had turned brown in the winter) My grasses have yet to turn green or grow any, from the 4 inch brown sprigs i have in the flower beds. I am so disappointed : /
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very small plant for $13.00! Ordered 2 of these and just received them. What a disappointment, they are only 4 inches tall in little 3 inch pots. Really can't plant these where I was going to, will take years to grow. Don't " waste" your money!!!
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed This grass grew quickly when we planted it. I had read the reviews that it flowered white so I was not totally surprised when it did. It still looked very nice on our retaining wall. It looked quite nice when i dried up in the winter so we left it that way. Now it is May and it has not come back. I am so disappointed because we planted grass on the retaining wall because it is maintenance free and now I have to get on that wall to remove them.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed The plants were much smaller than I expected. After waiting two years, one of the three finally bloomed and it's white, not pink.
Date published: 2013-09-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Three duds I ordered three of these for our new home and was hopeful to see them grow shown online. We planted in the fall and covered the tops with a few inches of mulch to be on the safe side since the plants were very small. By spring they where all dead. I know we have only been gardening for a couple years but I guess I hoped that if we followed the instructions everything would be okay. Pretty disappointed
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hoping for pink plumes :) The plant was a smaller than I was expecting. I would like to note that it had a VERY well established root system. I was glad to see that. Since it was small, I would say about 6" tall , I decided to put the plant into a larger pot and allow it to grow inside through the winter. If I planted it in the area where I planned you would not even be able to see it. So we will see next spring what it looks like. I will be anxiously awaiting any signs of those pink plumes that look so lovely on the website. Might be helpful if the site actually said what size pot you were actually going to receive. I could not find that anywhere. I was not sure if I was receiving a 3" pot or a gallon. Just a suggestion.
Date published: 2012-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So dissapointed I got these as I purchased my new home. I was so excited that I'd have pink flowerinf pampas. SO much so that I bought six and gave my neighboors therr. Aftedr waiting paitently for two years (the come as very small plants) they are blooming..........WHITE. I was ver very dissapointed.
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waiting.... My mother-in-law bought me 3 pampas grasses and I'm still waiting to see what they do. I don't know when they're supposed to sprout the fronds but they haven't really grown much since I planted them in the late spring! Maybe they'll change in the fall? Or maybe won't sprout the pink fronds until next year? We'll see!
Date published: 2012-08-13
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