Posted on August 19, 2015
Northerners who venture south are wowed by the stately stands of pampas grass that grace so many home and commercial landscapes.
Alas, the coveted Cortaderia selloana won't survive their winters back home. They hold a little grudge, knowing they can only dream of growing those tall, majestic plumes. They suffer from Pampas Grass Envy.
But those dreams can come true!
There IS a big, bold grass even Yankees can grow:
It's northern pampas grass, Erianthus ravennae, to the rescue!
Soaring even taller than its tender counterpart, Erianthus holds its silky flowers up to 12 feet above graceful, five-foot clumps of arching grey-green foliage. It's versatile enough to use as a specimen plant, or massed as a screen or windbreak. Best of all, it can handle Zone 6 (maybe Zone 5) winters without missing a beat.
Banish the jealousy with Erianthus ravennae, the Northern pampas grass, in fast-growing, and the easy choice!