Genus: Plume grass

Saccharum

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
Plume grass (Saccharum)
SAK-har-um
Poaceae
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 characteristics:  Saccharums 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. 
Care:  Grow in average soil in full sun. Protect from strong winds, and mulch crowns in winter with a thick, dry mulch.
Propagation: 

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

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Saccharum

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Plume grass
Saccharum arundinaceum
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Ravenna grass
Saccharum ravennae