Move over fiddleleaf fig, there’s a new (old) player in town.
Pampas grass is the latest plant to take the interiors world by a storm, trending on Pinterest and popping up on Instagram accounts across the globe.
Trending in the '70s, its stems and distinctive plumed flower heads make a dramatic style statement, towering over tables and sideboards.
Generally white, pampas grass is also available in pale pink or delicate mauve.
It’s widely available in florists overseas, but it’s actually a noxious weed in Australia, threatening native species and its natural environment. It’s also illegal to sell pampas grass in Australia, so you can’t buy it from your local florist.
If you love the look of pampas grass, a faux plant is a good alternative, like this one from Temple and Webster.
Otherwise you could consider fresh and native alternatives. According to Emma Flanagan from Flower Infusion in Wahroonga, you can use plants and foliage such as peatree.
“We love peatree because it’s a nice Australian flower and it has a lovely rustic feel,” she told Better Homes and Gardens.
Flanagan also suggested pierus, fennel, cotton or millet as alternatives to pampas grass.
“Millet has a similar shape to pampas grass, however you can achieve a sense of height with large bunches of fennel,” she said.
Want to get the look of pampas grass at home? Be inspired by this round-up of Insta-worthy arrangements and theatrical installations.