Giant Reed (Arundo donax)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Plant Height: 12 to 16 feet (3.7-4.9 m)
Flower Time: Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

Posted by cats1 on Aug 7, 2013 9:08 AM

Arundo Donax looks great with Miscanthus, so if you like ornamental grass, you'll probably like giant reed. We live in Iowa (zone 5A) and our plant is probably about 6 years old and takes up about a 6 or 7 foot circle in the yard. This plant likes sun to really do well, so I'd try to plant it away from any trees you have. I'd also try to plant it where you won't have to move it. We've actually used an axe and a crowbar to pry/chop it out of the ground when we wanted to move ours. It's related to corn and when it's early in the summer it will grow straight up. Later in the year the top of the reeds will fan out gracefully when they get more height. It's not a neat little plant that will look perfect in your yard. It's a large, rougher-looking one that will get a lot of attention. It's also one that I'd replace if it didn't overwinter. Can't do without this one! :)

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