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How to Grow Arundo donax Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Spanish Cane

Spanish cane

Arundo donax photograph by Harry Rose.


Arundo donax Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Arundo donax
  • Common Name: Spanish cane
  • Growing Zone: USA: 6 to 10
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Grass, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 72 to 180
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 20 to 60
  • Time of Bloom: Early fall, Late fall, Mid fall
  • Flower Details: Green, Purple
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Adaptable, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy
  • Soil Moisture: Moist/Wet

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance:
  • Propagation: Seed, sown in containers in a cold frame in spring or bydivisionin early summer
  • How to Prune: Leaves can be cut off when they die back in late autumn
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract: Birds
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best Garden Use: Container, Screen, Specimen, Winter interest
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Invasive, Entices birdlife to the garden, Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Wetlands plant, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Arundo
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here



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