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Q: What is the name of this ornamental grass (in picture)? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: What is the name of this ornamental grass (in picture)?
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: mtnagel-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 07 Mar 2003 14:44 PST
Expires: 06 Apr 2003 15:44 PDT
Question ID: 173275
We just moved into a house last fall and it had these 2 huge
ornamental grass things in the back yard (see,, and for pictures.).  I would like to
know what the name of it is.  I assuming picture proof would be the
best, but if you are certain, then I guess that's okay.  Mostly, I
need to know what they are to find out how to take care of them (i.e.
do I cut them in the spring, how to maintain etc. - but I should be
able to find out that info when I know what they are).


Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 07 Mar 2003 14:53 PST
Hi mtnagel,
Clicking on the links or pasting the link in the address bar gives
only the tripod icon. It gives this address in the address bar:

Clarification of Question by mtnagel-ga on 07 Mar 2003 15:01 PST
That's weird, but I was able to paste it in the address bar and it
worked??  I will try putting HTML in and see if that works - <img

How, do you know of any other way to do it?

Clarification of Question by mtnagel-ga on 07 Mar 2003 15:04 PST
Sorry about the grammar.  Anyway, I could always e-mail them it that works for you?

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 07 Mar 2003 17:23 PST
Your problem may be that you are trying to copy a jpg out of a framed
environment. This will solve it. Right click on the image and ask to
show PROPERTIES. Copy the url, then paste that one here.


Clarification of Question by mtnagel-ga on 07 Mar 2003 21:05 PST
See if this works (I did what tutuzdad-ga recommended):

Clarification of Question by mtnagel-ga on 07 Mar 2003 21:07 PST
I just saw one of the comments.  Tomorrow I will make webpages with
the pictures in it, that way I will be linking to a webpage, not the
individual images.


Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 07 Mar 2003 21:33 PST

Any reason to believe it's not bamboo? Sure looks like it to me.

Subject: Re: What is the name of this ornamental grass (in picture)?
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 07 Mar 2003 22:14 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear mtnagel-ga;

Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting

What you have there is called Pampas grass (pronounced "Pom-pas"). In
the photo, the grass is dormant and it turns brown like that over the
winter months. It doesn’t look like much now but it will – very soon.
In the spring, when it gets warmer, the plant will renew and become
absolutely beautiful like this perhaps (depending on the variety you


In full bloom it will grow large feathery tufts called “plumes” on the
end of each reed. This is a fine example of very large, mature,
healthy plants:




Here’s a good start on caring for your plants:

This time of year is the best time to prune the plant back to help
insure good, healthy growth. Cut the reeds off leaving about a foot of
them sticking up (don’t wait too long). Don’t take just my word for it
though. Read up on it and you’ll see that this is the correct thing to
do. You won’t need to prune back the ground cover around the
root-ball, or base of the plant. Each year your plant will grow back
larger than the year before and they can live for many, many years if
cared for properly. The thing will get huge if you let it and some
people even grow them as a windbreak or a visual barrier between their
house and the neighbor’s house. Country clubs often have them along
the fences of their golf courses where the fence borders a highway,
for example. If you read up on it, you will also learn how to divide
and transplant your pampas grass so you will have many of them along a
fence row. These are truly beautiful, especially so when they are
mature, and you’ll be very proud to have them one day.

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mtnagel-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Thank you so much.  Very thorough work.

Subject: Re: What is the name of this ornamental grass (in picture)?
From: secret901-ga on 07 Mar 2003 17:53 PST
I'm able to see the images fine.
Subject: Re: What is the name of this ornamental grass (in picture)?
From: pinkfreud-ga on 07 Mar 2003 17:56 PST
I can see the images if I paste the URLs into my browser's address
bar. They aren't clickable, though (as seems to be the case with just
about all Tripod links.)
Subject: Re: What is the name of this ornamental grass (in picture)?
From: sycophant-ga on 07 Mar 2003 19:30 PST
The images are hosted on Tripod... One of their rules is you are not
supposed to link to, or include, images hosted there directly from
outside their server. Any request for an image hosted on a tripod
server that has the referrer set to anything other tripod will return

That's why clicking doesn't work, but copy-pasting does.


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