We love pampas grass! Tall pampas, small pampas, fluffy pampas and more. But did you know Pampas is actually a place? It’s in South America and it’s big – over 460,000 square miles big! Including La Pampa which sounds like a great name for a baby pampas grass to us.
When it comes to pampas grass, it’s posh name is ‘cortaderia’ and there are four types:
Cortaderia selloana: arguably the most popular pampas out there, selloana is silvery or white in colour, occasionally with pink tinges. Pretty, fluffy, sophisticated, chic – she’s just all the good words.
Cortaderia jubata: if you love purple you’re going to have a lot of love for jubata. Commonly known as simply purple pampas grass, it’s a close relative to selloana but bigger (it can get as big as 7 metres in height!). That’s a lot of purple.
Erianthus ravennae: an absolute giant of a grass, ravennae is also known as ravenna grass or plume grass. It’s a hardy grass and can definitely stand its ground. If you look on Wikipedia, it describes this grass as ‘aggressive’ but it looks pretty friendly to us.
Miscanthus sinensis: this is a Japanese pampas style grass and is also called ‘Chinese silver grass’ – probably because it can look silvery in colour, but it also comes in an almost dusky pink colour that is ridiculously dreamy.
Tips on buying pampas grass
Like adopting a more conventional furry friend, we want to make sure the pampas you choose is right for you, so we’ve put these tips together to ensure you fall in love and your new pampas has a loving, forever home.
When shopping for pampas grass, think about:
Where will your pampas live?
Will it sit on the floor in a busy thoroughfare and get a bit frazzled from all the passers-by? Or will it be so high up it gathers dust? Your pampas will stay looking its best if you can give it a blast of cold air from a hair dryer every now and then, so make sure you have somewhere you can reach it for this reason, plus you’re going to want to stroke it every now and then too.
What size pampas will work best?
If you’re putting your pampas in a window or in a narrow space, a smaller pampas like Alfie might be best for you. On the other hand, if you have a lot of space and want to make a statement, you’re definitely going to achieve your goals with a Naomi or a Mabel.
What colour pampas is going to look the best?
Not all pampas are the same colour. Even a white or silvery pampas will vary in colour from a ‘natural’ light brown coloured pampas sometimes. And there are the glimmers of pink that we mentioned earlier to look out for. If you’re not sure what colour pampas would suit your personal style or your fireplace, just send us a picture and we’ll recommend a match for you.
Do you have a long necked vase for your pampas?
If you’re not a big fan of long vases, you might find putting a pampas in the equivalent of a tea cup will mean it slouches and/or falls over. They’ve got too much natural grace and elegance for this, so make sure you get a strong vase with a solid base and ideally a long neck, so your pampas can maintain its perfect posture.
Meet Dinah, she’s a shy little pampas and everything about her is incredibly cute! With super fluffy light brown/beige plumes and stems measuring 70cm, she lights up any room she’s in, but will always be completely oblivious when you gaze at her every time you see her.
Meet Saskia, she’s the pampas everyone else wishes they could be, because she can literally pull anything off. With 5 stems and a fluff factor of 5, no matter where she’s placed or who else she’s placed with, her brown and grey tones give her a look of pure sophistication, while somehow looking more on trend than Nordic cushions.
Hi, I’m Yasmin. Here’s my basics: How tall am I? 110cm How many stems do I have? You can choose between 3 or 5 What colour am I? Golden/blonde/creamy What’s my fluff factor? 6 out of 6 (yay!) Where do I come from? Originally my family came from La…
Meet Alfie, the cutest small pampas grass you’ll ever meet. With 10 stems measuring 80cm each, he fits in almost anywhere, with anyone. With his natural good looks and boyish charm, you’ll love him as soon as you set eyes on him.
Meet Meredith, a sassy red grass from England.
She might be red by name, but is definitely more of a mahogany colour!
With 35 stems measuring 80cm and is an absolute stunner. Add her to dried grass bundles for a spark of contrast or to a dried flower bundle for a wealth of warmth and to leave your guests wondering ‘What is that grass?’