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.