Arundo donax L.

Giant Reed

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Arundo

Category: Grass

Zones: 6 to 10

Size: To 18' tall in warm zone

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Rhizomatous, warm season grass. Upright stems and coarse leaves growing out horizontally along the vertical stems. Flowers in late summer with a pinkish bloom fading to beige. Divide in spring. Cut to the ground in winter when the leaves and stems become tattered. Does well in moist soils, even standing water once established. Evergreen in frost-free climates.


'Variegata' ('Versicolor') - striped cream-green and dark green leaves, browns out in hot sun more than 'Peppermint Stick'

'Macropylla' - leaves broader


Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 81: in 1753.

Native to the Mediterranean.

Source of reeds for woodwind musical instruments.


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