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Giant Reed, Spanish Cane
Scientific Name: Arundo donax L.
Synonym:
Family: Poaceae
Giant Reed, Spanish Cane (Arundo  donax) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 8b-11

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: India, Mediterranean largely naturalized in the USA

Growth Habits: Tall, perennial grass, fast growing up to 20 feet tall (6 m), fleshy, creeping rootstocks; elongate leaves, 1 to 2 inches wide (2.5-5 cm) 1 foot long (30 cm)

Watering Needs: Likes a moist soil

Propagation: Division, offsets


The Giant Reed is very invasive make sure it is not released in the wild and plant it only where you can control it. It is a serious problem in California's wetlands.
The somewhat woody stems are strong enough to make trellises or stakes. Their use has been documented to make musical instruments during the last 5000 years.

Giant Reed, Spanish Cane (Arundo  donax)

Blooming Habits:
The flowers are borne in 2-foot long, dense, plume-like panicles during August and September.

Fruiting Habits:


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