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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.


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.

  • Evergreen - thick reed-like stems and terminal, feathery flower panicles.
  • Ornamental grasses - grown for its bamboo-like foliage.
  • Full sun - protect from strong winds
  • Additional Features - 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.
  • Soil Conditions - Tolerates all - - thrives in moist conditions.

Buy Varieties of ARUNDO

ARUNDO donax 'Aureovariegata'

ARUNDO donax 'Aureovariegata'  >

Commonly known as: Giant reed, Indian grass.
Golden yellow variegation in the leaves
£17.00 each

ARUNDO donax var. versicolor

ARUNDO donax var. versicolor  >

Commonly known as: Giant reed, Indian grass.
(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
£16.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

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