Have you seen this gorgeous, fluffy grass floating around all over your favourite social media platform lately and wondered what it is and where you can get yourself some?! Me too, my friend! In fact, my recent obsession with these beautiful, bohemian plumes has inspired a fresh installment in my ALL ABOUT series — and this time, it’s All About Pampas Grass! You’ve likely seen a surge of pampas trickle into my recent content — I’ve been working with it since the holidays and have since incorporated it into nearly every room in our home (the obsession is real!). Typically my ALL ABOUT series is reserved for FLOWERS, but dried arrangements, grasses and foliage are having a major moment this year — so I’ve expanded!
If you’re intrigued by Pampas Grass and want to know where to purchase it, how much it costs and how to condition it to it to keep it from shedding, consider my All About Pampas Grass post your one-stop educational resource to learn everything you ever wanted to know about this popular plume. Today we’re chatting alternate names and meanings, varieties available, vase life, what to look for when purchasing, how to care for and condition your Pampas Grass so you can enjoy it for years to come. I’m also sharing some dried arrangement tips and innovative ideas on how to incorporate Pampas Grass into your decor. Fellow boho lovers, pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and settle in for a relaxing read as we cover all things pampas — my favourite ornamental grass!
ALL ABOUT PAMPAS GRASS
This year, we really embraced all the dried tones and textures of winter in our home. Things are still brown and crispy outside as our Calgary landscape slowly emerges from hibernation after a long, cold winter — and I actually think that can be quite beautiful. As I do in other seasons that are a little more colourful, I decided to bring the outside in.
As someone who’s always been inspired by their environment, I love to have reminders of my prairies roots in my home. Where I grew up, wheat, bohemian grasses and natural textures run wild — and you’ll also find them at play in our inner city apartment. These free-spirited textures had always had a place in my heart, which is why I think I was so drawn to Pampas Grass!
I actually went for a little country forage near my childhood home last month (once most of the snow had melted!) to hunt for some ingredients for these dried arrangements. Something about Pampas Grass and natural, foraged foliage is so calming and serene to me — and of course, it reminds me of the rolling fields and sunlit fields where I grew up.
If you’re also infatuated with this ultra trendy grass, consider my All About Pampas Grass post your one-stop resource for sourcing, styling and maintaining these free-spirited, feathery plumes!
GENERAL PAMPAS GRASS INFORMATION
Alternate Names & Meanings
Cortaderia Selloana, C. Selloana
There are approximately 25 species of Cortaderia Selloana, although the C. Selloana variety is commonly referred to as Pampas Grass.
Pampas Grass is native to southern South America, hailing from the Pampas region (hence its name). It was planted in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand in the 70’s primarily as an ornamental grass to be harvest and used for decorative purposes once dried — and we seen a huge resurgence in it’s popularity over the past couple of years!
Colours & Varieties Available
Natural, although plumes can be sprayed to achieve the desired colour.
Varies widely, starting at approximately $20 per 5 reeds.
Pampas Grass blooms from September until February, although it is generally available year round.
Select Pampas Grass reeds that are tall and strong with plumes that are full and fluffy. To ensure the best value, consider reed height, as well as whether or not the plumes have been treated for minimize shedding (ask your vendor). You’re bound to lose some volume to shedding if plumes have not need treated (more on how to condition them yourself at home below!), so the fuller, the better!
Did You Know?
Pampas Grass is actually considered an imposing grass (even an invasive weed in some areas!) and typically grow 5 – 10′ tall. It’s highly adaptable and can grow in a wide range of environments and climates.
PAMPAS GRASS CARE AND CONDITIONING TIPS
Although Pampas Grass is dried and generally low maintence, it sheds like crazy when not properly conditioned. Follow my expert tips to maximize the life of those beautiful plumes:
1. Before bringing Pampas Grass into your home, give each reed a good shake — allowing excess plume shedding to occur.
2. Use a pair of garden shears to trim the stems to the desired height for your vase or arrangement.
3. Arrange Pampas Grass reeds in your vase, delicately styling the plume until you’ve achieved the desired effect. If your Pampas Grass is untreated, additional shedding may occur.
4. Once you’ve styled each plume to perfection, grab a high-hold hairspray and give them a generous misting. This will ensure the stands stay put and helps to keep shedding at bay!
5. Since Pampas Grass reeds are dried, they do not require any water. To maintain your plumes, re-spray every 6 months to help maintain fullness.
You can also remove strands in sections from the bottom of each plume to use in smaller vases or arrangements. Just make sure to remove strands evenly from all sides to maintain the integrity of your pampas — and ensure you do so before you’ve sprayed the plume!
WHERE TO PURCHASE PAMPAS GRASS
Pampas grass can be a bit tricky to track down — especially here in Calgary! Since most commercial growers are located in the United States, Etsy is your best bet.
Alternatively, you can always ask your local florist to source some for you. At this time, I’m not aware of any local Calgary florsits that stock Pampas Grass, but I will keep you updated!
HOW TO INCORPORATE PAMPAS GRASS INTO YOUR DECOR
I love the free-spirited, bohemian vibe Pampas Grass adds to our decor — so it’s no surprise I’ve incorporated it in various vases and arrangements all over the apartment! Although all of these photos showcase pampas in our Living Room, it also works especially well to add an organic touch to areas that don’t get enough natural light for plants (like our Entrance Way and Main Bathroom — which are next up in our SPACE REFRESH series!).
Adding single reeds to taller vases to creates a simple, yet striking, focal point. I love the light, airy feeling pampas plumes bring to our sideboard!
If you have smaller vases to fill, try removing strands in sections from the base of the pampas plume (as described in my Care & Conditioning Tips section above) to create mini Pampas Grass arrangements. These work especially well for side tables, centrepieces and bathrooms as they don’t take up much room, but create ethereal impact.
I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with pampas plumes in dried arrangements as well. I’m continuously adding foraged or repurposed ingredients as I go and I love the soft, sweeping texture Pampas Grass adds.
The best part is that unlike fresh flower arrangements, they require no maintence once the plumes are conditioned! Dried, tonal arrangements are a FLOWER ARRANGING cornerstone for 2019 — so if you’re inpsired to get your DIY on, stay tuned for a dedicated DIY | Pampas Grass Arrangement post coming soon!
Pampas Grass is highly versatile and there are many ways it can be incoporated in your decor — the only limit is your creativity! To add a bohemian touch to our mid-century modern holiday decor, I added about 10 plumes to our Christmas Tree to create fullness and an interesting texture. I’m sure I’ll continue to find ways to incorporate it into our decor — I have a couple of projects in mind for upcoming events, as well as the next rooms in our SPACE REFRESH series!
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I hope you enjoyed the latest installment in my FLOWER EDUCATION series and learned something new today! Expect to see lots more pampas action across categories here at JustineCelina moving forward — I just love the natural, whimsical vibe it adds to any space. I also can’t wait to share how I created the dried pampas grass arrangement you see to my left above. Are there any other flowers, foliage or grasses you’re interested in learning more about this spring? As always, I’m happy to take your requests!
In the meantime, if you can get your seasonal flower fix by either browsing our FLOWER archives or following along with our Flower Board on Pinterest for more even more floral inspiration. Thanks for stopping by today to learn All About Pampas Grass, boho beauties! Enjoy that glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
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