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Arundo donax/Giant Reed

Arundo donax / Arundo donax
Mature plants in flower
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Mature plants in flower

A clump of giant reed on Lake Murray near Columbia, SC

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Scientific Name: Arundo donax
Common Name: Giant Reed
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Bloom time: Fall
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: Invasive grass that is difficult to eradicate. Silk-like, reddish to buff flower plumes in fall. Plants have naturalized in the South and are well adapted to a wide range of soils. The variegated selection featured in the next set of images has considerable merit as an ornamental grass in locations where growth can be restricted. Giant reed has been grown for centuries. It has been excavated from Egyptian tombs that date back to the First Century B.C.