Best pampas grass to buy online
Pampas at Spartan in Portland.
Photo: Corey Pearson/Spartan Shop
“Is that pampas grass?” I’ve asked several saleswomen at several stores in the past few weeks. Yes, it always is, but no, it is not for sale, because it is decorative. So far I’ve seen reeds of tall, wheat-colored feathergrass at Cote-a-Coast in the Bowery, Brother Phillies and Porter James in Greenpoint, and at a pop-up exhibit in Bushwick. There are also places I’m actually seeing, like the new Glossier showroom in Los Angeles, the Spartan Shop in Portland (left), and the General Store in Venice, California. Then, when some of its legs appeared in photos of Dimes co-founder Sabrina de Souza’s home, I could truly believe that the pampas had arrived — there it was in someone amazing’s home, next to gorgeous, custom-made architecture — made furniture.
“Pampas grass looks like a pair of white cowboy boots,” says Lisa Przestop, a former florist who still makes occasional arrangements, like this one for hat company Tio y Tia. “She’s an instant fashion maker who does all the heavy lifting.” Pampas are similar to anthuriums: visually more exotic than peonies or tulips, they are able to sit in a vase with nothing else at all. However, compared to other plants, it has an almost rustic, “airy” quality – think Cher Horowitz’s feather pen, but larger and from the desert.
The ubiquity of puffy grass may also indicate another shift: that of an increasingly urgent desire to use less and reuse what we have. If you buy metal straws this year, and pack a baguette or fisherman’s bag when you go shopping, you may want Pampas to last forever and require no maintenance, according to D’Souza, whose special order came from Metaflora, the manufacturer. The studio that does all of Dimes’ arrangements. “Dried flower bouquets are becoming more popular here in the United States,” says Bianca Sparta, whose Kolibri Plant Shop in Portland supplies Spartan’s with pampas plants. “They are very popular now in Japan.” (Malaysian heiress Chrysis Tan included it at her recent wedding in Kyoto.) In addition, Sparta says, florists are trying to use less floral foam, which typically holds arrangements together and keeps plants moist. Pampas do not need water or foam at all. “Now the world is going to be in bad shape, and we have to stop throwing plastic into the ocean,” she says. “People are adapting and they want a product that dries beautifully.”
“That’s a funny fact,” said associate strategy editor Katie Schneider when I told her about this post on pampas grass. “When I bought mine, the woman at Stems, my local florist in Katy, told me it would last forever if I sprayed it on the hair.” More longevity for the already immortal grass. If you take this advice, we might suggest using an eco-friendly hair spray.
Pampas are delightfully cheap – the reeds in this 60-piece set are two feet long.
This seller sells canes in three heights: 30 inches, 33 inches, and 39 inches.
You’ll need a tall vase, and you can also skip any neutral, sandy-colored ceramic vase that will wash out the pampas. That leaves plenty of options, like this sunset-colored glass bowl from Kindred Black.
Some beefy stained glass that looks like Tom Dixon’s Bump series, without the hefty price tag.
If you prefer a ceramic vase.
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Or if you prefer premium ceramic.
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