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Arundo donax 'Variegata' /Variegated Giant Reed

Arundo donax 'Variegata'  / Arundo donax 'Variegata'
Striking variegated foliage in early spring
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Striking variegated foliage in early spring

Close-up of cane-like stalks

If conditions are favorable this grass will spread over a relatively large area

Large planting in early spring

In a landscape

Large canes in summer

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Scientific Name: Arundo donax 'Variegata'
Common Name: Variegated Giant Reed
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Variegated Plants
Comments: Is drought tolerant, but will adapt well to wet areas. Invasive and not easy to eradicate but much easier to control spread than the regular giant reed that does not have variegated foliage. This one has considerable merit as an ornamental grass in places where growth can be restricted. Makes a handsome foliage for floral arrangements. The variegation normally fades to pale yellow-green after a few weeks of growth.