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Ornamental Grass, Erianthus ‘Ravennae’

One of the loveliest ornamental grasses! Erianthus ‘Ravennae’ is commonly known as a Hardy Pampas Grass! This grass is a very tall, large impressive plant. In late summer, large, striking, plume-like flowers form and look very graceful through the fell season. The silky plumes are about 2 ft. long and showy. They start a Purplish-Bronze and have a gorgeous autumn coloring of silvery-gray . These plumes can be left on the plant until late winter for visual interest or dried for indoor arrangements. Foliage has bronze fall color, good winter effect. ‘Ravennae’ grass is superb as an accent, screen or architectural specimen plant. Foliage has a clumping habit. One of the hardiest of the taller grasses.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 9-12'
Spacing 5-6' wide
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full Sun
Foliage Gray-Green Leaves are Red-Tinged
Flower Purplish-Bronze to Silvery-Gray
Bloomtime Sept.-Oct.

General Information +

Botanical: Erianthus 'Ravennae'

Common: Hardy Pampas Grass

Family: Poaceae

General Characteristics: Leaves are flat, upright to spreading, 1" wide, coarse, hairy, pointed and grey-green with a white stripe down the middle. The leaves turn dark bronze-brown in the fall, for good continued winter effect. Stems are strong, bamboo-like, upright and stout. Flowers reach above the blades. Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.

Tip: Drought tolerant. Plant in well draining soil, as excessive moisture or fertility will stunt growth or cause the canes to fall over. Propagation is by division. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Control weeds until the plants have filled in. Cut back to the ground in very early spring before new growth starts. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.

Use: Use this hardy grass where it's too cold for true Pampas Grass. It is a stunning addition to the garden, either planted as a specimen or in a group for the larger garden. Use as a specimen, screen, backdrop or accent plant in the landscape. Use for winter interest. Flowers can be used in fresh or dried arrangements.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the root meets the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. A slow release fertilizer may be used each spring, though it's not necessary.