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is my pampas grass still alive

Posted by jaygib missouri (My Page) on
Sun, May 10, 09 at 1:21

i was wondering if anyone knows if my white pampas grass is still alive it is may and it is still a tanish brown color and it did very well last summer and i just dont know if they are alive or not can someone please help me out i hope not i spent alot of money on them.


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RE: is my pampas grass still alive

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Sun, May 10, 09 at 6:51

The tan foliage is probably last year's dead foliage. If the grass survived the winter, it should be starting to send up new, green foliage. It also should have been cut back to the ground long before this.


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RE: is my pampas grass still alive

What zone are you in? Pampas grass is an evergreen grass and while it can be expected to have some dead fronds after winter, if the entire grass is a uniform dead-looking tan, chances are it may not have survived the winter cold. Since it is an evergreen, cutting back is optional, not necessarily a requirement, depending on your location and its appearance. True pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is not reliably hardy much below zone 7. And yes, if it survived the winter, it should be showing signs of new growth by now.


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RE: is my pampas grass still alive

my pampas grass is the colour of corn i would like to know if you think it has survived the winter


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RE: is my pampas grass still alive

  • Posted by donn_ 7b GSB LI N (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 28, 11 at 8:53

Corn can be many colors; green, green with white or yellow stripes, yellow, red, tan, etc..

A photo would help.

What hardiness zone are you in, or...how low did your winter temperatures go?


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