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Poaceae

Saccharum

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Saccharum ravennae

When not grown commercially to produce sugarcane ( S. officinarum ), these grasses are grown ornamentally for their large stature, linear foliage, and vertical, plume-like inflorescences. They are found in moist habitats of valleys and hillsides, most often in warm temperate and tropicals regions.  Many species will self-sow in warm climates. Some species are native to North America

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSaccharums most notably add vertical accents to their surroundings, and are effective as a specimens, for the back of a border or grass garden, and for winter interest. 

CareGrow in average soil in full sun. Protect from strong winds, and mulch crowns in winter with a thick, dry mulch.

PropagationSow seed in spring in a cold frame or greenhouse. Divide in mid-spring or early summer.

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