Common name: Pampas grass
Cortaderia selloana has long, thin leaves that contain silica along the edges and are very sharp; 'cortaderia' is related to the Spanish word 'sharp'. Its fibrous leaves were used to make paper.
Erica noted that it is native to the pampas of South America where it is used to feed livestock. In our area, its large flowers are appreciated in landscaping. It can grow to 3 m (10 ft).
Flower photo by Midge Oke.
Plant photo by David J. Stang / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)