The strange story of pampas grass, the new Instagram sensation

The strange story of pampas grass, the new Instagram sensation

I think I had been seeing pampas grass for a little while before I really noticed it; But once I noticed it, I started seeing it everywhere. It started a few weeks ago when I came across photos of Mandy Moore's wedding on my Instagram Explore page. There she was, in her backyard, surrounded by feathery explosions of pink and white, like little truffula trees, all standing at attention.

Then I saw a woman walking down Broadway with a bunch of weak legs. She was the kind of woman who had been laden with anthuriums a few months before; She was wearing the clogs I'd been coveting for so long and a bear coat, and she looked absolutely perfect—especially with that bundle of pampas grass.

This was already enough of a Baader-Meinhof phenomenon (a condition in which one keeps seeing the same seemingly random thing over and over again, also known as the “frequency illusion”), that I wrote in a notebook, “Pampas grass is now everywhere, but why.” Then, finally, I saw an article in The Cut titled, “Pampas Grass Is the New Monstera Leaf,” and I realized that the pampas grass moment was here.

As author Margaret Rhodes discusses in The Cut, one reason could be rooted in environmental causes. “The ubiquity of puffy grass may… signal another shift: that of an increasingly urgent desire to use less and reuse what we have,” she writes. Pampas grass is environmentally friendly, as it does not require floral foam, and it is also consumer friendly, because you can buy a package and it will last forever – no need to replace it like you would with fresh flowers.

However, I felt that there must be another appeal to the feathery plumes. It's really starting to gain popularity on Instagram (although it's only been hashtagged ~31k times compared to Anthurium's 117k and Monstera's 555k), but I think this trend can only continue with Moore's wedding inspiration, As well as the fact that he has his own unique emoji.

So I turned to Google to see what else I could find out about pampas grass, and I was surprised and delighted to learn the secret history of pampas grass, namely that it is a symbol of swingers, and its placement in the front yard has been used to indicate when residents of a house are open to a little polygamous action.

According to an article in Southern livingTitled “Pampas Grass For Swingers” the plant is all about it Southern living It's so annoying, its presence in the front yard is nothing short of 'tacky' – it's used to attract swingers. S.L He cites the caption on the photo of pampas grass they used saying: “It is a well-established fact…that if you have pampas grass in your garden you will attract swingers (swingers use the grass as an advertisement for other swingers) Has anyone ever had pampas grass in their garden and… Did someone knock on his door and ask to swing by?”

And other media, from Watchman to irish Times, I also explored the topic, though didn't provide any conclusive results on whether having pampas grass in your front yard or in your Instagram grid would cause couples to reach out to you to see if you wanted to comment.

So what does it all mean? Maybe – maybe – nothing! Just as it doesn't automatically mean that people who buy pampas are doing so for sustainability reasons (they could take inspiration from Moore), it doesn't necessarily mean that people who love pampas are secretly indicating that they're done with monogamy. It can only mean that they are hungry for human connection, and that this sterile, overly designed world, where everything we do begs to be documented and put out into the world for the approval of others, has left us isolated and unsure of how to do it. To meet people who live next to us.

So we put a bunch of pampas grass on the bedside table, not in the hope of connecting with any random person who knows it's a symbol of swingers, but in the hope that someone else will see this still life by Ian Suss, ask where we got it from, tell us they like it, and that maybe They love us too – not necessarily in a swinging way, but maybe too? Life is short, and the planet is dying. Better put some pampas grass in your food, right?

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