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Commonly known as Giant reed, Indian grass
Genus of 2 or 3 species of evergreen, rhizomatous, perennial grasses from 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.
EvergreenThick reed-like stems and terminal, feathery flower panicles.
Ornamental grassesGrown for its bamboo-like foliage.
Full sunProtect from strong winds
Additional FeaturesGood to knowFor best foliage cut back to base each year. For flowers cut back stems after second year.Pests & DiseasesNone.Place of originWarm-temperate regions of northern hemisphere.
Soil ConditionsTolerates allThrives in moist conditions.
Buy Varieties of ARUNDO
golden yellow variegation in the leaves
(syn variegata) - half hardy perennial grass with bamboo-like silver variegated foliage which makes an attractive backdrop to a border or in the cool greenhouse