When can I plant Pampas Grass in Zone 8b

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A common way of determining when it's a good idea to plant pampas grass is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 8b.


Planting Calendar for Pampas Grass

Frost tolerance for pampas grass: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Since pampas grass require warm weather it's necessary to wait until after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant pampas grass
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant pampas grass
Probably not a good time to plant pampas grass

The earliest that you can plant pampas grass in Zone 8b is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant pampas grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your pampas grass may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your pampas grass indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on March 15 in Zone 8b. It might get as low as 15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Just be sure to remember that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 8b and it will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 8b there is a last frost after March 15 so make sure that you are ready to protect your pampas grass in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 8b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 8b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)March 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)November 15
Lowest Expected Low15°F
Highest Expected Low20°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 20°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 8b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 8b.