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Plume grass

Saccharum arundinaceum

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In late summer, this large, clump-forming species bears huge plumes of delicate pink flower clusters, which eventually fade to silver.

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

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.

  • Genus : Saccharum
  • Zones : 10, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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