Cortaderia selloana (Schult.) Asch. & Graebn. - Pampas Grass
Family - Poaceae
Section of leaf blade. Note the many sharp teeth.
Close-up of the pistillate flowers.
Flowering - July - November.
Habitat - Cultivated and persistent around old homesites and along roadsides.
Origin - Native to tropical America (Argentina).
Other information - This striking and common species is cultivated mainly in the southern 2/3 of Alabama where it is hardy against cold weather. The plants in our area are pistillate and produce the characteristic large plumes of pistillate flowers in the summer and fall.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 9-23-04.