Cortaderia Selloana Evita or Pampas Grass Evita The Cortaderia selloana Evita also called Pampas Grass Evita is an evergreen ornamental grass variety. Unlike other pampas grass varieties, Cortaderia Selloana Evita is has a compact form. It grows to a height of 2.5 metres and a width of 2.5 metres. It can take from five to ten years before this ornamental grass achieves its full height potential.
Pampas Grass Evita forms exceedingly large clumps of cascading mid-green leaf blades that are rather fine in appearance. It produces short and erect stems that bear large plumes that are exceptionally fluffy and silver-yellow in colour. Unlike other varieties of pampas grass such as Cortaderia Selloana Pumila which flowers in late summer early autumn, the Evita flowers early. It is not uncommon to see its plumes appear in June. The flower plumes often persist for a continuous display into the late summer or early autumn months.
Cortaderia Selloana Evita grows best when planted in full sun. It enjoys well-drained, fertile soil. It grows well when placed in sand, clay, chalk or loam. It will tolerate a wide range of pH levels and doesn’t care if the soil is alkaline, acidic, or neutral. During the late winter months, the spent flower plumes can be cut back. Any dead foliage should always be trimmed away from the base of the clump. In the spring months, the clumps can be divided and transplanted to other areas of the garden.
Pampas Grass Evita is deer and rabbit resistant. It creates an excellent hideaway for birds to build their nests or other small woodland creatures to seek refuge during the cold winter months. The Pampas Grass Evita received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Merit. It is an exceptionally hardy ornamental grass that thrives on neglect. Once established, it can tolerate periods of drought.
Adding Ornamental Grass Evita to any garden setting will create an eye-catching centrepiece. It can also be planted in bunches to form a privacy screen or as a lovely border grass. During the winter months, when other plants have faded or died back, Cortaderia Selloana Evita still retains its good looks.