This massive perennial takes three years to reach full maturity, so make it part of a long term garden plan. Cortaderia is naturally heat tolerant, and its sharp leaves make it deer resistant. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow pampas grass from seed.

Cortaderia selloana
Family: Poaceae

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: White Pampas is hardy to Zone 7; Pink is hardy to Zone 8

Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out. Or direct sow in early spring or early autumn. Expect germination in 10-14 days. Use 50 seeds per two foot diameter planting to create the dense clump look.

The seeds need light to germinate, so avoid covering them. Just press them into the soil.

Trim off dead leaves occasionally for a tidier look. Expect two to three years of growth before it flowers. Pampas grass can handle a wide range of growing conditions. It is drought tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping.