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Commonly known as Giant reed, Indian grass

Genus of 2 or 3 species of evergreen, rhizomatous, perennial grasses fro ditches and riversides from warm-temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. As with most giant canes or grasses much use has been made historically. Donax is used for the manufacture of reeds for woodwind instruments. It was used by Egyptians for wrapping the dead and has been used for roofing, the high silica content making it durable. It is also a candidate for use as biofuel though its invasiveness causes problems.

  • Good to know - for best foliage cut back to base each year. For flowers cut back stems after second year.
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of Origin - warm-temperate regions of northern hemisphere.
  • Evergreen - thick reed-like stems and terminal, feathery flower panicles.
  • Ornamental Grasses - grown for its bamboo-like foliage.
  • Full Sun - protect from strong winds
  • No Preference - thrives in moist conditions.

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ARUNDO donax var. versicolor

ARUNDO donax var. versicolor  >

Commonly known as: Giant reed, Indian grass.
(syn variegata) - half hardy perennial grass with bamboo-like foliage which makes an attractive backdrop to a border or in the cool greenhouse
individually £15.00 each, 3+ £12.00 each
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