Arundo donax 'Golden Chain'

Golden Chain Giant Reed

Newly planted

Newly planted


Family: Poaceae

Genus: Arundo

Parent: Arundo donax

Category: Grass

Zones: 6 to 11

Size: 7' tall

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves are green with yellow-gold margins. Supposed to hold its color all season. Blooms in summer with 12" plumes. More compact.


Tissue culture mutation from Arundo donax 'Versicolor', named by Liam Mackenzie in the 1990's, Madrona Nursery, UK.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

I purchased a 2" plant from Santa Rosa in April 2011 and planted it along the property line by the conservatory. It was too much in the shadow of Arundo donax 'Peppermint Stick' so I moved it in early summer to the 'One Of Everything' garden. In 2012 it grew much taller but has not spread as much as the 'Peppermint Stick'. We had a lot of rain in 2013 and it did much better.

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