Arundo Donax

available mid June

Arundo Donax

Giant Reed Grass

About This Grass

All varieties of Arundo Donax are impressive with their broad leaf blades and very heavy stems but the solid green version makes a clump that, in a good growing year, tops out at over 3 meters. Visitors to the garden often mistake it for corn, but then wonder how corn could be so tall. Although only considered hardy to zone six it has been reliable in our garden for many years. In a bad winter we might loss part of the clump but we have never lost it all. It does not bloom in our zone.

  • Height: 244 - 366 cm (8- 12 ft)
  • Spread: 91 - 152 cm (36-60 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 6
  • Sun or Shade: Sun
  • Bloom Time: does not bloom in Zone 4
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: does not bloom in Zone 4
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: none

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Arundo Donax is adaptable to many soil types but will not tolerate sites that are wet in the winter. In our area the canes can be left standing in the winter and extra mulch piled around them. If you cut it down protect the plant with a styrofoam rose cone.

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