Pampas Grass: A Noxious Weed or Wedding Centrepiece?

With its graceful plumes and ethereal charm, pampas grass has taken the world of interior design, weddings, and home decor by storm.

Join us as we delve into the enchanting allure of this versatile plant and explore the myriad ways it can transform spaces with its natural elegance.

Whether you're seeking inspiration for your next home makeover, planning a dreamy wedding, or intrigued by the beauty of pampas grass, this blog is your ultimate guide.

We'll uncover the origins behind this magnificent grass, dive into its various species and colours, and share expert tips on injecting it into your surroundings flawlessly.

Discover how pampas grass can effortlessly add texture, height, and a touch of rustic sophistication to any room.

From creating stunning dried floral arrangements to crafting whimsical home decor pieces, we'll give you creative ideas to let your imagination flourish.

Join us as we explore the versatility of pampas grass in wedding bouquets, centrepieces, and installations, turning your special day into a dreamy and unforgettable celebration.

We'll also discuss how to care for and preserve pampas grass, ensuring its beauty lasts for seasons to come.

Whether you're drawn to its bohemian vibes, desire a statement piece for your living space, or appreciate its timeless appeal, pampas grass offers endless possibilities for transforming your environment into a sanctuary of natural beauty.

Pampas Grass (Cortaderia) is an ornamental grass growing in large fields of farmland, at large parks or nature reserves and, if you’re lucky - in your backyard!

What is traditionally considered a noxious weed to some is now considered a luxury statement piece that is a must-have in homes to others.

If you want to know where to buy pampas grass, how to decorate with it, or how to look after it, then keep reading our ultimate guide to pampas grass decor.

You can buy dried pampas grass from us at Milla Rose if you live in selected states in Australia.

We have a great how to dry flowers guide if you want to have a go at drying your own.

What is pampas grass?

Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is a tall, perennial grass native to South America.

It is known for its feathery plumes and graceful appearance, making it a popular choice for decorative purposes.

Pampas Grass History

Pampas grass, also known as Cortaderia to plant experts, is beautiful in the Poaceae grass family.

Dried pampas grass has become an increasingly popular ornamental grass as it is a highly sought-after statement piece in hundreds of homes throughout Australia and worldwide.

Planting Pampas Grass: How fast does pampas grass grow?

If you plan to grow pampas grass, there are a few things to be aware of. It requires a lot of space as it proliferates and can be upwards of 6m tall.

Pampas grass is fully grown within 2-4 years and lasts up to 15 years.

It sprouts during spring and produces bulbs within its first year of planting.

It is considered invasive and a ‘noxious weed’ in some parts of the state, so check the legalities for your condition.

In America, particularly in California and Hawaii, pampas grass is invasive because it self-seeds and spreads to form dense colonies.

The pampas grass season is at its prime from March to May, but it is usually available all year round when purchasing dried pampas grass.

Is pampas grass illegal?

No, not exactly.

Pampas grass is illegal only in certain parts of Australia, such as specific regions of NSW, including Greater Sydney, South East and the North East Coast regions.

This is due to over 100,000 seeds in their flowering heads that can spread up to 25 km from light winds.

However, in Victoria, pampas grass is legal to grow and sell.

If pampas grass is illegal in your state, many businesses are selling artificial pampas grass that looks somewhat similar to the real thing!

Where to buy pampas grass?

Available at markets, in local florists, and in our dried arrangements.

Pampas grass is readily available here in Melbourne and throughout Australia.

Keep an eye out for the best pampas grass, as some can look rather sad and matted.

Milla Rose only sources high-quality, dried pampas grass in Melbourne that is tall and fluffy.

Please get in touch with us for a custom quote if you are after bulk pampas grass.

How to Dry Pampas Grass

Cut five pampas grass stems using a sharp knife or floral scissors. Strip the end of the stems for any excess foliage. Bunch the contents together and tie them with string or a rubber band, then hang them upside down to dry in a cool place for 3-4 weeks.

How to Care for Pampas Grass

Caring for your pampas grass is simple.

Please put them in the sun for a few hours once you receive them to fluff them up. Please give them a good shake outside to rid of any excess pieces.

Avoid touching and moving them too much, and keep them away from moisture and direct sunlight (after the initial sun bask). 

Pampas Grass Decor

Displaying pampas grass in a vase or leaning against a wall in your home is very popular.

The bold grass will surely make a statement in your home.

We are constantly making dried pampas grass arrangements, and they are one of our best sellers.

The tall, fluffy grass is a highly sought-after decor piece in most homes.

If you need help deciding where to buy pampas grass for a wedding, please get in touch with us, as we can source beautiful, fluffy stems for your wedding at an affordable price.

Is pampas grass easy to care for?

Yes, pampas grass is generally low-maintenance and easy to care for. It prefers full sun and well-draining soil.

Once established, it is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering.

Regular pruning is recommended to maintain its shape and prevent the plant from becoming too invasive.

We would love to see dried pampas grass styled and displayed in your home or at your wedding!

We love seeing Dried wedding flowers with luscious, fluffy pampas grass

In the meantime, you can find us scrolling through Pinterest and pinning the most dreamy, pampas grass wedding.