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Why is pampas grass decor so trendy?

Pampas grass has been used for home decor for decades. You may have even seen it in episodes of the 1980's NBC sitcom, "The Golden Girls," with the one and only Betty White. Its popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years but has always stayed in the cultural zeitgeist. In recent years, East Olivia ushered in a new era of pampas grass with its large-scale pampas grass wall installations for major clients such as Create & Cultivate, Anthropologie, Popsugar, Tinder, and Minted, among others. Many installations featured East Olivia's signature pink pampas grass, which has filled many Instagram-able moments and are shown throughout this page. Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok feeds are now full of home pampas decor and this trend is not expected to go away anytime soon.

What is pampas grass and where does it come from?

Pampas grass is a type of ornamental grass native to South America, more specifically Argentina and surrounding areas. Its scientific name is Cortaderia selloana and it got its name from the Spanish word pampa, which means plain. It grows in large tufts, producing feathery-like seed heads that can grow up to five feet long. It was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1800s and can be found growing wild along California coastlines. Today, it's mostly used as a decorative element both indoors and outdoors, as well as for wedding ceremonies or other special events.

How do I decorate with dried pampas grass?

Pampas grass can be used in a variety of ways to add color and texture to your home. Here are a few ideas:

  • Create Eye-Catching Height in a Room

    Try filling a tall vase with some pampas stems for an eye-catching arrangement that doesn’t need anything else. This look is best for large rooms — the tall stems will draw the eye up and make the room appear larger.

  • Bring a Natural Feel into your Home

    Add a small pampas grass arrangement to a window sill for a beautiful natural accent.

  • Add Bold Pops of Color

    If you have a room with more muted colors, try adding in some bright pink pampas grass or other vibrant colors to amp up the look.

  • Blend Natural and Artificial Looks

    If you want to add a pop of color but don’t want it to be too in-your-face, try using white or pastel pampas grass. This will give you a subtle color contrast that can really make a room stand out.

  • Select a Tall and Narrow Vase

    Large pampas plumes don’t fit well in standard vases. Instead, place the dried pampas in a tall vase. Ideally, arrange the pampas in a vase with a narrow mouth so that the pampas grass doesn't fan out too much.

  • Combine Dried Pampas with Other Florals

    If you want to add a little bit of height and texture, try combining pampas grass with other dried or fresh flowers for a truly unique and beautiful bouquet or centerpiece.

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How do I fluff up dried pampas grass?

If it has been packaged, dried pampas will typically not come as fluffy as you've likely seen online. Not to worry! Give the dried pampas a few days to fluff out on its own. Humidity can also help it expand. It's natural grass, after all. If you keep it indoors in dry air, you may want to open windows occasionally or use a humidifier nearby. That said, you don't want your pampas grass anywhere with too much moisture or humidity because it may lead to mold.

How long does dried pampas grass last?

As with most dried flowers, the best way to ensure longevity is by keeping it out of direct sunlight and moisture. Dried pampas should last for a year or more with proper care.

How do I care for dried pampas grass?

Dried pampas grass is a low-maintenance cut flower that doesn't need much attention. Just make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight and moisture.

Does dried pampas grass shed?

Yes, dried pampas grass will shed. This is completely natural. It will shed most when you first open it up. Over time, dried pampas won't shed much unless it is disturbed in some way (e.g. a fan blowing on it).

Where to buy dried pampas grass online for home delivery?

Dried pampas grass is a great way to elevate your home decor. Many online retailers sell pampas grass, but it is often low quality, and it can be hard to find an appropriate vase. Shop East Olivia is your one-stop shop for dried pampas arrangements. It sells dried pampas in a variety of colors and sizes to meet any home's decor needs. East Olivia currently sells pink pampas grass, white pampas grass, and natural pampas grass. East Olivia's dried pampas comes in vases specifically designed for pampas grass giving you the perfect look every time. East Olivia ships across the United States. We hope you find the perfect arrangement(s) to elevate your home decor or give to a friend.


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