Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pampas grass 'Rendatleri'


Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri', commonly known as Pampas Grass, is characterized by its gracefully arching foliage and showy flower plumes. The leaves of this ornamental grass are narrow, long, and have a sharp edge that can easily cut skin if handled without care. Generally colored in a silvery green or blue-green hue, the foliage forms a dense, tussock-like clump from which the flowering stems emerge. In bloom, Pampas Grass produces towering feathery plumes. These plumes are notably fluffy and soft, resembling large feather dusters, with a silvery to creamy-white color that can sometimes have hints of pink or purple. These inflorescences appear in the late summer to fall and can last into the winter, providing interest even in the colder months. The contrast between the delicate, airy plumes and the robust foliage creates a distinctive appearance that stands out in any landscape setting. This plant is often used as a specimen or in groups to create dramatic effects in gardens, especially given its notable flower plumes which can catch the sunlight and move gently with the wind.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pampas Grass

    • Common names

      Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri') is not considered toxic upon ingestion to humans. However, the plant's leaves have sharp edges and can cause physical irritation or injury to the skin and eyes upon contact. It is not known for having poisonous properties leading to internal symptoms when ingested, but care should always be taken to avoid accidental injuries from its serrated foliage.

    • To pets

      Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri') presents a similar non-toxicity to pets as it does to humans when it comes to ingestion. There are no known toxic compounds in the plant that would cause poisoning symptoms in pets. However, the plant's sharp leaves can cause cuts or abrasions in the mouth, throat, or paws if pets attempt to chew or walk through it, leading to physical injuries rather than poisoning.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds a visually striking element to gardens with its large feathery plumes and lush green foliage.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for those with busy lifestyles or minimal gardening experience.
    • Drought Tolerance: Highly tolerant of drought conditions, conserving water and thriving in dry environments.
    • Privacy Screen: Its tall and dense growth habit can provide an effective visual barrier for privacy in gardens and landscapes.
    • Windbreak: Acts as a shield against strong winds, protecting gardens and structures from wind damage.
    • Erosion Control: Helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion, particularly on slopes and in areas prone to soil degradation.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: Provides shelter and food for birds and other wildlife, contributing to local biodiversity.
    • Winter Interest: Maintains structure and interest in the landscape even during the dormant winter months.
    • Adaptable: Capable of growing in a wide range of soil types, from sandy to clay.
    • Architectural Value: Often used in landscape design to create focal points and add architectural interest to garden compositions.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • The tall plumes of the Pampas grass can be used as a natural dye source, offering subtle colors for fabrics and yarns when boiled and processed.
    • Pampas grass can serve as a sound barrier when planted in thick rows, helping to reduce noise pollution from roads or industrial areas.
    • The robust root system of Pampas grass can aid in soil stabilization and erosion control on slopes or banks prone to washing away.
    • In floral arrangements, dried Pampas grass plumes add an enduring and rustic aesthetic to bouquets or home decorations, lasting for several years with proper care.
    • When planted in clusters, it can provide a privacy screen in gardens or along property boundaries, due to its dense and tall growth.
    • The stalks of Pampas grass can be used in the construction of lightweight garden stakes or trellises, supporting other plants in the garden.
    • The plumes can also be incorporated into the crafting of brooms or brushes, as they are durable and can be bound together easily.
    • Pampas grass can be used in themed gardens to create a wild and natural look, mimicking the grasslands of South America where it originates.
    • When left untrimmed, it can provide winter interest in landscapes, as the plumes and leaves catch snow, creating beautiful patterns.
    • The plant's flammability makes it suitable for use in controlled agricultural burns, helping to clear land or manage pests.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Cortaderia selloana, commonly known as Pampas Grass, is not typically used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Pampas Grass is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Invincibility: The robust nature of Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri') and its ability to thrive in various conditions symbolizes strength and resilience, suggesting that one can endure and prosper despite challenges.
    • Beauty: With its feathery plumes and elegant stance, Pampas grass represents natural beauty and grace, reminding us of the allure found in the natural world.
    • Privacy: Often used in landscaping to create natural barriers, Pampas grass stands for the desire for privacy and creating personal space.
    • Fertility and Abundance: The fullness of its plumes and the plant's prolific seed production convey themes of fertility, abundance, and procreation.
    • Freedom: The way Pampas grass sways freely in the wind can be seen as a symbol of freedom, flexibility, and the free flow of ideas.
    • Wealth: In some cultures, the abundance of seeds and the large size of the plant are associated with prosperity and wealth.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Pampas Grass should be watered deeply about once a week during its growing season, which is typically in the spring and summer. This grass prefers a thorough watering that allows moisture to penetrate deep into the soil, promoting deep root growth. As a guideline, provide about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per plant for each watering session. During periods of extreme heat or drought, you may need to water more frequently, while in cooler months or rainy seasons, you can reduce watering. Ensure the soil is allowed to dry out slightly between watering to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    Pampas Grass thrives in full sun conditions, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to grow well. The ideal spot for planting Pampas Grass is an area where it can receive unfiltered sunlight throughout the day. While it can tolerate some light shade, too much shade can result in a weaker plant with fewer plumes.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Pampas Grass is hardy and can withstand a temperature range from about 20°F to over 100°F. But the ideal temperature for optimal growth is between 60°F and 80°F. Pampas Grass will remain dormant during colder winter months and may require protection if temperatures drop significantly below 20°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pampas Grass should be pruned to remove old foliage and make way for new growth, usually in late winter or early spring before new shoots appear. Pruning involves cutting the grass down to about 1 to 2 feet above ground level. This yearly pruning is also important for maintaining plant health and size. Always wear gloves and long sleeves when pruning Pampas Grass, as the leaves can have sharp edges.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pampas Grass thrives in well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. A mix of loam, compost, and sand or perlite encourages healthy growth. The recipe should mimic prairie soils, rich in organic matter yet efficient at water drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Pampas Grass being a large perennial, typically does not require frequent repotting. Once established, it's often best left undisturbed due to its size and root structure.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Pampas Grass tolerates a wide range of humidity levels and thrives in an average outdoor environment without the need for specific humidity adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Grow Pampas Grass inside with ample light, minimal water.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Pampas Grass in full sun, well-drained soil, space generously.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri', commonly known as Pampas Grass, begins its life cycle with seed germination, which requires a well-drained soil and full sun exposure. Seedlings develop into tufted grass clumps, establishing a strong root system which is key for the perennial growth. As the plant matures, it produces long, narrow leaves that can reach several feet in length. In the following years, Pampas Grass enters its flowering stage, typically late in summer through fall, producing tall, feathery plumes that can extend several feet above the foliage. After pollination by wind, seeds are produced which can be dispersed by wind or mechanical means, continuing the life cycle. In colder climates or as the plant ages, it will undergo a period of dormancy in winter, resuming growth as temperatures rise in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagation for Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri', commonly known as Pampas Grass, is through division. This is typically done in the late winter or early spring before new growth starts. To propagate by division, the gardener should dig up the entire clump of the grass, ensuring to get as much of the root system as possible. The clump is then divided into smaller sections using a sharp spade or knife. Each section should have a portion of the root system and several growing points. The divisions can then be replanted immediately in well-draining soil, watering them in well to help establish the new plants. It's important to space the divisions about 6 feet apart (approximately 1.8 meters) to allow for their future growth.