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Ravenna grass

Saccharum ravennae

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This large, clump-forming grass has linear leaves with central white stripes. In late summer it bears huge, purplish-bronze flower clusters, which eventually fade to silver. It resents high fertility and shows considerable drought tolerance.

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 midspring or early summer.

  • Genus : Saccharum
  • Zones : 10, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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