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Switchcane Arundinaria gigantea

Phonetic Spelling
ar-run-din-NAY-ree-a jy-GAN-tee-uh
Description

Switchcane is a bamboo that may grow 15 to 25 feet (usually 4 to 8 feet). The leaves are alternate with an extremely toothed margin and hairy top side. Flowers are inconspicuous and rare.

Fire Risk: This plant has an extreme flammability rating and should not be planted within the defensible space of your home.  Select plants with a low flammability rating for the sites nearest your home. 

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Spring; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Summer

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#butterflies#birds#songbirds#wildlife plant#cover plant#host plant#ornamental grass#seeds#host#food source#fire#extreme flammability#NC native#deer resistant#native garden#native ornamental grass#food source summer
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Arundinaria
    Species:
    gigantea
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. Central & SE. U.S.A.
    Fire Risk Rating:
    extreme flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Provides excellent cover year-round. Host plant for Southern Pearly-Eye, Creole Pearly-Eye, and various skipper species of butterfly. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    High deer resistance
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Inconspicuous and rare
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate with an extremely toothed margin and hairy top side
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer