PlantsSaccharum→Sugarcane plumegrass (Saccharum giganteum)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Sugarcane plumegrass
Give a thumbs up Giant plume grass
Give a thumbs up Sugarcane Plume Grass
Give a thumbs up Giant Beardgrass

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 6 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 1 to 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Russet
Other: 6 to 12 inch plumes
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Pollution
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division

Image

Photo gallery:

Comments:
Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 12:56 PM

Virtually leafless flower stalks shoot up 9 to 10 feet into the sky well above sparsely-leaved clumps of grass. The fluffy white seed heads, when back lit, seem to float and glow. Plumegrass likes well drained, but not dry, acid soil and a little more sun than shade. It's fast growing but never makes a dense clump so plant it behind something or underplant in a place where you can view it facing west in the afternoon.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by Zoia and is called "Blush Rose"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.