I'm really sure you've all seen the wave of captures on social media featuring beautiful pampas grass and today were diving in deep about everything you need to know about the fluffy plumes.
Fellow boho lovers, pour yourself a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and settle in for a relaxing read as we cover all things pampas — my favourite ornamental grass!
In the same way that a little black dress will never go out of style, Scandinavian design will always be a classic home interior trend - and its even proven to improve your health! But pampas grass is not just for the Scandinavian decor! Scrolling through our social media the last few months were all finding ways to add in these grasses to make our homes feel warm and cosy.
So let's start by talking about the alternative names!
Surprising or not there are over 25 species of Cortaderia Selloana, although the variety is commonly known as Pampas Grass.
Pampas Grass is native to southern South America, hailing from the Pampas region (hence its name). It was planted in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand in the 70’s primarily as an ornamental grass to be harvest and used for decorative purposes once dried — and we seen a huge resurgence in it’s popularity over the past couple of years!
Pampas Grass blooms from September until February, although it is generally available year round. These usually last upto around 3 years within a vase when looked after correctly.
Select Pampas Grass reeds that are tall and strong with plumes that are full and fluffy. To ensure the best value, consider reed height, as well as whether or not the plumes have been treated for minimize shedding. You’re bound to lose some volume to shedding if plumes have not been treated (more on how to condition them yourself at home below!), so the fuller, the better!
PAMPAS GRASS CARE & CONDITIONING TIPS
Although Pampas Grass is dried and generally low maintenance, it can shed like crazy when not properly conditioned. Follow my tips to maximise the life of those beautiful plumes!
1. Before bringing pampas grass into your home, make sure to give it a good shake - allowing excess plume shredding to occur.
2. Use a pair of garden sheers to the desired height for your vase or arrangement.
3. Arrange your pampas grass reeds in your vase, delicately styling the plume until you've achieved the desired effect. If your pampas grass is untreated, additional shedding may occur.
4. Once you’ve styled each plume to perfection, grab a high-hold hairspray and give them a generous misting. This will ensure the stands stay put and helps to keep shedding at bay!
5. Since Pampas Grass reeds are dried, they do not require any water. To maintain your plumes, re-spray every 6 months to help maintain fullness.
TIP ... You can also remove strands in sections from the bottom of each plume to use in smaller vases or arrangements. Just make sure to remove strands evenly from all sides to maintain the integrity of your pampas — and ensure you do so before you’ve sprayed the plume!
How to incorporate Pampas Grass into your decor.
I love the free-spirited, bohemian vibe Pampas Grass adds to our decor. Although most of our captures are shot in the living area,
it also works especially well to add an organic touch to areas that don’t get enough natural light for plants (like our Entrance Way, bedroom and Main Bathroom).
Adding single reeds to taller vases to creates a simple, yet striking, focal point. I love the light, airy feeling pampas plumes bring to our sideboard!
If you have smaller vases to fill, try removing strands in sections from the base of the pampas plume to create mini Pampas Grass arrangements. These work especially well for side tables, centrepieces and bathrooms as they don’t take up much room, but create ethereal impact.
The best part is that unlike fresh flower arrangements, they require no maintenance once the plumes are conditioned! Dried, tonal arrangements are a FLOWER ARRANGING cornerstone for 2020!
Pampas Grass is highly versatile and there are many ways it can be incorporated in your decor — the only limit is your creativity!
To add a bohemian touch to our mid-century festive period add about 10 plumes to your Christmas Tree to create fullness and an interesting texture!
I hope you've enjoyed my first blog and learned something new today! Expect to see lots more dried floral and pampas action across categories here at Bloom De Fluer moving forward - we just love the natural, whimscal vibe it adds to any space.
If there is anything more you would like to learn about dried florals, foliage and grasses over the festive period? As always we are happy to take your requests.
Links to our very own Pampas Grass