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.