pampas grass


pam·​pas grass ˈpam-pəz- How to pronounce pampas grass (audio)
: a South American grass (Cortaderia selloana) often grown for ornament that has showy white panicles borne on tall stems

Examples of pampas grass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pink pampas grass looks magical and airy in a vase. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Sep. 2023 Cut pampas grass to 12 inches or lower in late winter before new foliage appears. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 Do not plant highly flammable shrubs and trees, not even dwarf varieties in an urban environment, especially arborvitae, bamboo, broom, cedar, cypress, juniper, pampas grass, rabbitbrush or sagebrush. Jeastman, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 This gorgeous display is made from preserved hydrangea, eucalyptus, pampas grass, palm leaves and more. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 23 June 2023 The city is aiming to build a fence and plant billowy pampas grass around the chicken, hoping to create the illusion of the bird sitting in a nest. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 16 June 2023 Some states like California and Texas have deemed that pampas grass is an invasive species. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2022 The surrounding butterfly chairs introduce a laidback, California vibe, which is further accentuated by the tall palm trees and dreamy pampas grass. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 1 Feb. 2023 This pretty-in-pink twist on typical Christmas decor includes pampas grass, a large garland with wood beads, blush colors, and natural accents. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pampas grass was circa 1851

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“Pampas grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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