Pampas-grass - Cortaderia selloana

    Alt Name
    Pampas Grass

    A tall evergreen grass forming a compact clump of narrow, arching dark green leaves to 45cm in length. Silky creamy-white plumes are borne on stems to 1.2m in height.

    Identification difficulty

    Waste places where it occurs as an escape from cultivation.

    When to see it

    Flowers in late summer.

    Life History


    UK Status

    A non native plant which is fairly widespread in England, and coastally in Scotland and Wales as an escape or introduction from cultivation.

    VC55 Status

    Not common as an established plant in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map