Botanical: Erianthus 'Ravennae'
Common: Hardy Pampas Grass
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.