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Cortaderia selloana - Literature

li: Robinson. O.S. 1905. The pampas grasses, Cortaderia. Flora and Sylva 3: 171-176.

Cortaderia selloana 'Albolineata' ('Whitestripe')

ha: slightly more compact, somewhat slower growing
lc: striped white.

Cortaderia selloana 'Andes Silver'

ht: 5-7 ft.
fd: inflor. very large for a dwarf plant
ch: 6 - more cold hardy
lu: this hardier, shorter variant is highly useful in modern landscape.
so: Kurt Bluemel

Cortaderia selloana 'Argentea' ('Argenteum')(Cortaderia argentea)

fc: more intensely silver white.
ns: botanists have traditionally regarded this as a synonym of the species. However they are prone to
ns: "lumping" that does not recognize horticultural distinct clones. As known in the trade this name has
ns: always been associated with a superior, more silver variation. Some reports say it is a synonym of
ns: 'Elegans'
so: Kurt Bluemel

Cortaderia selloana 'Aureolineata' ('Goldstripe')('Yellow Stripes')

lc: striped bright yellow, mostly along the margin. Becomes yellowish with age.

Cortaderia selloana 'Bertinnii'

ht: 1m
ha: semi-dwarf
ns: listed in older references as "improved".

Cortaderia selloana 'Carnea'

fc: inflor. soft pink
ns: the name would imply it is darker than ordinary 'Rosea' but we have no clear evidence to date.

Cortaderia selloana 'Carmineum Rendatleri' = 'Rendatleri'
Cortaderia selloana 'Elegans'

ft: inflor. plumes more elegant, graceful, and showy.
fc: more silvery white
so: does not seem to be in the trade today. If you see it less us know.
ns: sometimes listed as a synonym of 'Argentea' but others list them apart

Cortaderia selloana 'Gloire du Museum'

fc: plumes tinged pink

Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band'

JC Raulstn Arboretum. Summer 2003. Click image

ht: 5-6 ft.
lc: heavily striped yellow - said to be bolder than old 'Aureolineata'
so: Kurt Bluemel

Cortaderia selloana 'Goldstripe' = 'Aureolineata'


Cortaderia selloana 'Icalma' (pumila icalma)

ht: 4-5 ft.
lc: blue-green
ch: 5 - much more cold hardy if early reports are true
so, or: Plantage Nursery collected in mts. of S. Anerica.

Cortaderia selloana 'Kermesina'

fc: plumes rosy white.

Cortaderia selloana 'Louis Carriere'

fc: plumes rosy white

Cortaderia selloana 'Marabout'

ha: erect culm
fc: inflor. intense silvery white.
infl: inflor larger, more dense than species typical

Cortaderia selloana 'Monstrosa'

ht: to 9 ft.
fc: more intensely silvery white
ft: plumes larger to 70cm long, more open in branching.

Cortaderia selloana 'Monstrum' = 'Monstrosa'


Cortaderia selloana 'Patagonia'

ht: 5-6 ft.
lc: blue-green
fc: very showy
ch: 6 - more cold hardy
so: Kurt Bluemel

Cortaderia selloana 'Poi de Rose'

fc: plumes rosy white

Cortaderia selloana 'Pumila'

ht: 4-6 ft. - we have seen plants around 3 ft. that seem inclined to grow no taller. Plumes are so large they
ht: may be a full third of the plant's total height.
fc: rich silvery white tinged yellow or cream.
ft: plumes shorter, condensed, but still large for the plant. The plumes are intermediate between the
ft: open feathers of the species and the dense arrow-shaped heads of some clones.
ch: 7 - some success in 6 with protecton. It has been used on Long Island where the species may fail.
rai: young plants often bloom well - unlike the species which may take years from establishment to begin.
so: Wayside Gardens

Cortaderia selloana 'Rendatleri'

ht: to 10 ft.
fc: inflor. rich rose pink
ft: inflor. arching at the base, graceful
eval: some authors say it is weak while others consider it graceful (!)
so: Kurt Bluemel

Cortaderia selloana 'Roi de Roses'

fc: inflor. tinged pink

Cortaderia selloana 'Rosa Feder'

fc: plumes pinkish white
ns: sometimes listed as a synonym of old 'Rosea' but in the trade today this represents a good pink
ns: entity and not the variable, seed grown material seen as 'Rosea'

Cortaderia selloana 'Roseum'

fc: inflor. rose-pink to pinkish white.
ns: this name is a collective term for various pink clones. It has been grown from seed, contributing
ns: to the variability. Named clones like 'Rendatleri' will give more color.

Cortaderia selloana 'Rubra'

ns: probably the same as 'Roseum' but likely applied to the more colorful variations. We have no
ns: evidence this name reflects a distinct strain or clone.

Cortaderia selloana 'Sagittatum'

ft: inflor. dense, arrow-shaped (sagittate)

Cortaderia selloana 'Silver Beacon'

ha: erect, stiff
lc: margined white
st: culm tinged purple

Cortaderia selloana 'Silver Comet'

Trial Gardens, Park Seeds, Greenwood, SC USA. July 2004. Click image.

ht: 6-8 ft. - roughly 2/3 normal size. Some authors report it stays to 48 in.
fc: plumes intense silvery white
lc: margined white.
so: Kurt Bluemel

Cortaderia selloana 'Silver Cornet' = 'Silver Comet'?

ns: listed as white margined. An "m" in easily mistaken for "rn"when hand written.

Cortaderia selloana 'Silver Stripe'

lc: margined white
ns: probably a synonym of old 'Albolineata' as it does not appear to be improved.

Cortaderia selloana 'Soyeux'

fc: plumes rosy white

Cortaderia selloana 'Splendid Star' (10/01)

click image

lc: creamy-yellow margined
pat: European PBR applied for 9/01 by Bert Verhoof of Holland.

Cortaderia selloana 'Sunningdale Silver'

JC Raulston Arboretum. August 2004. The plumes were slightly more silver and
a tad wider after another 3 weeks. Click image.

ht: 6-9 ft.
ft: plumes densely clustered at the center of the clump and above the foliage
fc: improved creamy white color.
ch: 7-8
rai: this is perhaps the best cultivar where are large version is desired and the species is fully hardy.
sex: female clone.
ns: Wayside indicates only vegetatively grown female clones will correctly represent the
ns: clone (Spring 98 Cat: 94)
lu: reporteldy more wind resistant where such as a problem
so: Wayside Gardens

Cortaderia selloana 'Toe Toe'

ht: 6-7 ft.
fd: inflor. very large
ch: 8
so: Kurt Bluemel

Cortaderia selloana 'Usballata' (9/02)

ht: 7 ft.
fc: ivory
ch: USDA 6 - far hardier than most clones
or: found in the Andes Mountains
so: Roslyn Nursery (online catalog 2002)

Cortaderia selloana 'Variegata'

lc: striped cream
ns: might be 'Albolineata'

Cortaderia selloana 'Variegatum Novum'

lc: narrowly striped white
ns: the word 'Novum' suggested it was considered distinct from the old 'Albolineata'. It is apparent out of
ns: the trade so modern comparisons have not been possible.

Cortaderia selloana 'Violacea'

fc: inflor. tinged violet

Cortaderia selloana 'Wesselingii Variegatum'

ns: a listed name.

Cortaderia selloana 'White Feather'

ht: 2m in flower
fc: inflor. very white

Cortaderia selloana 'White Stripes' = 'Albolineata'
Cortaderia selloana 'Yellow Stripes' = 'Aureolineata'