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Will Pink Pampas Grass Always Have Pink Blooms? I Live…

Gigi Asked

Will Pink Pampas grass always have pink blooms? I live in zone 7.

The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Gigi in South Carolina: Pink Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is a lovely ornamental grass that will reach 6-8 feet tall each growing season. This grass produces showy pink plumes during the mid to late summer months. The plumes can add an additional 2 feet to the height of the grass during this time. The plumes will remain throughout the fall and it is up to you whether or not you cut the grass down in the fall or wait until the spring. Some gardeners like to leave it up throughout the cold months for winter interest, but others prefer the clean look or just like to get a head start on spring clean-up and cut the grass back when the cold weather arrives. Whenever you decide to cut your grass back, it is much easier to clean up if you tie a rope around the base of the grass and then use your sharp shears to cut. This way the grass is already bundled for you and much easier to handle. Be sure to wear long sleeves since the blades of grass can be sharp.

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