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
Resistances: Pollution
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division

Common names
  • Sugarcane plumegrass
  • Giant plume grass
  • Sugarcane Plume Grass
  • Giant Beardgrass

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Photo by robertduval14

Courtesy Sunlight Gardens, used with permission
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 12:56 PM concerning plant:
    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.

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