Did you know?
Giant Reeds (Arundo donax) are considered a highly invasive, noxious weed in many southern and midwestern states, as they spread aggressively and outcompete native vegetation. The USDA does not recommend planting these at your home at this time. Historically, they were used to make woodwind instruments, fishing rods, and walking sticks. Ancient egyptians even wrapped their deceased loved ones in the long leaves. Giant Reeds sequester carbon very efficiently and are a potential future biofuel.
Up to 20 feet tall
Flowers, Fruit, Foliage
Feathery purple flower plumes appear near the end of summer. Leaves grow up to 2 feet long and 2 inches wide.
Pests & Diseases
Not ideal to have at home
Plant in moist soil in full sun to light shade. This bamboo-like, ornamental grass can tolerate high temperatures, standing water, and pollution, but does not thrive in cold climates. Prune to the ground every autumn.