A tropical grass from the Mediterranean that grows like bamboo to heights as tall as 500cm.
The shape of Spanish Cane is similar to corn – thick green stems with long floppy leaves arranged in a ladder formation. In the autumn, you might be lucky enough to see spikey pink flowers appear. Roots can become large and woody, so we recommend dividing clumps-of-growth and replanting them elsewhere in the spring. Spanish Cane is a rewarding, but high maintenance plant.
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
English Name: Spanish Cane, Distaff Cane, Giant Reed Grass
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
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: Specimen. Privacy Screening. Architectural. Tropical and Wildflower styles.
Maintenance: Remove dead leaves in late autumn. To encourage flowering, cut back stems after their second year. Monitor root growth. Considered an “invasive species” in Northern Ireland.
Growth Habit: Upright/Tufted.
Growth Speed: Fast (50cm to 100cm per year)
Starting Height: 120cm (3.9 ft)
Final Height: 500cm (16 ft)
Starting Sideways Spread: 25cm (0.8 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 150cm (4.8 ft)
Pot Included: 10 Litre Plastic Pot
Height including Pot: 143cm (4.7 ft)
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