Plants of the Castlemaine district

Pampas Grass - (*Cortaderia selloana)

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Native to Argentina. Perennial. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).


The plants are either female or bisexual.

Until the 1970s, all Pampas Grass in Victoria was of a low-fertility female form. In the 1970-80s, imported seed contained high-fertility plants and bisexual plants, so that Pampas Grass has become a highly invasive species.

It is an environmental weed.

Cortaderia: Argentinian name for Pampas Grass; selloana: in honour of Friedrich Sellow, 1789-1831, a German botanist.

1, 2: Pampas Grass has been used for revegetation of mining sites. These examples are from Bendigo. 3, 4, 5: Feathery flower clusters.
6.Pampas Grass. Chewton, where it is rapidly extending its cover.

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