Pampus grass nonutting

Asked June 10, 2018, 11:17 AM EDT

What are the options for pampus grass with dead centers? Looking for easy alternatives to solve the problem of donutting. Having problems with poison ivy and virginia creeper growing in the center of the crown. Please advise, thanks in advance Salsibury, Md.

Wicomico County Maryland

1 Response

There are no easy answers to dividing large ornamental grasses. Digging and dividing large clumps requires a strong back, a sharp axe, a saw, a shovel, and lots of work. Older clumps may flop or grow too large for the space or may die out in the center. If you see this, then you can divide in the spring as soon as you see signs of active growth. Divide into fairly good sized divisions. There is no harm to the main plant. Keep newly divided plants moist and in the shade until they are in the ground.

Here is more information on this grass.
Pampas grass, Cortaderia selloana is a large perennial grass native to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. It will survive in zones 7b -10. It grows too large for most home landscapes and has sharp edges to the leaves. It can grow aggressively and end up in other parts of your landscape due to the large seedheads. We do not recommend planting it.
Consider native ornamental grasses: Panicum virgatum, switchgrass and Little Bluestem, Schizachyrum scoparium