Ravenna grass

Saccharum ravennae

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Ravenna grass (Saccharum ravennae)
SAK-har-um rah-VEN-nay
Genus:  Saccharum

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 Characteristics: 

Saccharums 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. 

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 midspring or early summer.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Hazelnut
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Grasses

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