Pampas Grass, Cortaderia selloana


Short description of Cortaderia selloana, Pampas Grass

A large (up to 4m tall) tussock forming perennial grass. Its leaves are long with serrated edges. The large, decorative, flower heads are silvery white and produces a silky hairy mass at fruiting.

Description of Cortaderia selloana, Pampas Grass status in GB

A large grass that is increasing its range in GB, particularly in south and south-west England.

Habitat summary: Cortaderia selloana, Pampas Grass

In its native distribution a species of rocky gullies, riverbanks and roadsides. It can tolerate a range of environmental conditions but prefers sandy, low pH soils.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Uruguay, Brazil Southern Large, Argentina, Chile
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.113 (Jersey)
Date of first record: 1925

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Jane Squirrell

Last updated:

August 8th, 2011

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