. Everything you need to know about the Pampas grass, the plant that has invaded the Instagram.
We used to want everything we put in our home to be full of colour and life. This is no longer necessary in recent years as social media and especially Pinterest have broadened the scope of what is considered a must in interior design. Somehow, about two years ago, the pampas grass. You will see it flooding not only homes but also social media, giving a boho mood to every room it is placed in.
WHAT IS PAMPAS GRASS
Pampas grass, otherwise called cordgrass and furze, is a type of grass (as the name suggests) with tall, long, thin leaves that grow to a feather-like flower. Perhaps this is the reason for its charm that has made it extremely popular. Its great advantage is that it does not need a specific climate to thrive and this makes it very easy to grow. Of course, an interesting piece of information worth keeping in mind is that its seeds are considered hallucinogenic in some countries, such as New Zealand, and its cultivation has been banned. Want to know another fun fact about pampas grass? According to the Guardian, UK swingers grow it in their gardens or put it in large vases outside the house to signal to other couples who love to swap partners.
Now that we know where "grass" comes from, let's see what the name "pampas" is related to. The plant that has been going viral in recent years has been growing in the "pampas" grasslands of Argentina for decades. What is worth knowing is that this is not the first time that the plant has become extremely popular in interior decoration. In fact, it is a comeback as it exerted a similar fascination during the 70's.
HOW DID PAMPAS GRASS BECOME SO POPULAR?
For two years now, pampas grass may have been filling vases in many homes around the world, but its popularity dates back several years earlier when it was a staple of wedding and christening decorations where boho was the dominant theme. What are its advantages? We can certainly include its durability, its minimal style, its natural element and its ability to fit in almost all homes regardless of the style they are decorated in. We may count it among the boho chic styles but it could easily fit in by making a contrast in an industrial living room or a modern bedroom. Some interior designers have attributed the plant's charm to the contrast of the hard branch and soft flower. For others, such is its appearance that it manages to calm you down by reminding you of a feather pillow.
HOW DO WE TAKE CARE OF PAMPAS GRASS?
In a jar, pampas grass can last more than three years. You'll know they're beginning to head towards the end as they lose their volume. Before you put the branches in your home, give them a good shake to remove any excess on them. Cut them to the proper height for your vase and then place them. The next tip is quick and easy. Spray the pampas grass with hairspray from a distance. This will help them stabilize and keep them from weeding in your home. Repeat the process every six months. As you can see, when the branches are dried, they don't require water!
HOW TO DECORATE THE HOUSE WITH PAMPAS GRASS?
Decorators usually cross swords when it comes to decorating pampas grass. Some suggest that it should not be mixed in bouquets with other flowers and others love the bouquets with different dried plants and flowers. Others think that the best choice is the classic beige and others love colours, like the FOX and the blue.
Whatever your choice, pampas grass looks fantastic on the bedside table next to your bed. Even on a large flower bed in the bedroom. In the living room or dining room I love it in clear or white minimal vases. These can be placed over a sideboard or above the fireplace. If you choose a branch or two for your vase, opt for a chunky piece. Don't limit yourself to indoor spaces only, though. The plant and its flower are hardy on the balcony table and in the garden.
In summary, the biggest advantage of Pampas grass for me is its durability over time. Almost none of us have time anymore to change our wilting flowers on a weekly basis. Are you a busy man? Then the Pampas grass is the solution to not deprive the beauty of the natural element in your space.