The colourful cousin of the Spanish Cane – its long green leaves are decorated with multiple white bands.
This contrast between bright white stripes in a range of thicknesses, and the dark green pigment of its leaves, gives the Variegated Giant Reed an exciting (even explosive) appearance. Its maximum height is only half that of Spanish Cane and its growth habit is not so ladder-like. It does have the same feathery pink flowers in autumn (if you’re lucky).
Ornamental Grasses are chosen for their decorative qualities and whether used indoors or outdoors, they can bring a striking diversity to your garden. From round shrubs to tall walls of quivering spikes, ornamental grasses bring new shapes and textures that will contrast against the twisted roots of trees and the blooms of traditional plants and flowers. They are also becoming increasingly popular due to their hardiness against the British weather and their ability to hold their colour through autumn and winter.
Latin Name: Arundo Dorax Variegata
English Name: Variegated Giant Reed
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Foliage: Green and White.
Flowering Period: Autumn.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Moist and Well-Drained. Loam. Chalk. Sand. Clay.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered.
Hardiness Rating: Medium (H4)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -10 °C to -5 °C (14 °F to 23 °F)
Suggested Uses: Containers. Architectural. Tropical and Wildflower styles.
Maintenance: Remove dead leaves in late autumn. To encourage flowering, cut back stems after their second year. Considered an “invasive species” in Northern Ireland.
Growth Habit: Bushy/Weeping.
Growth Speed: Medium (25cm to 50cm per year)
Starting Height: 50cm (1.6 ft)
Final Height: 250cm (8.2 ft)
Starting Sideways Spread: 25cm (0.8 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 100cm (3.2 ft)
Pot Included: 10 Litre Plastic Pot
Height including Pot: 73cm (2.4 ft)
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