Cortaderia selloana, commonly known as pampas grass, is a flowering plant native to southern South America, including the pampas after which it is named. It is a tall grass, growing in dense tussocks that can reach a height of 3m. (10 ft). The leaves are evergreen, long and slender, 1-2 m (3 ft 3 in-6 ft 7 in) long and 1 cm broad, with very sharp edges. The plant was introduced to Europe, North America and Australia as an ornamental grass, and, to a lesser extent, to provide food for grazing animals. The feathery flower head plumes, when dried, are widely used in flower arrangements and other ornamental displays.
Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
Pampas grass photo (cc) TANAKA Juuyoh
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