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Saccharum arundinaceum

Phonetic Spelling
SAK-er-um a-run-din-uh-SEE-um
Description

Hardy Sugarcane is a large clump-forming ornamental grass with showy purple flowers that appear in the fall.  The hardiest of the sugarcanes It is evergreen in warm climates but will die back to the ground in winter and come back in spring in colder climates.  Its late flowering time means you do not need to worry about it naturalizing around your yard.   It is a large plant so be sure to find an appropriate space with plenty of sun.  Propagate this plant easily by division.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#fall interest#larval host plant#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#common wood-nymph butterfly#various skipper butterflies
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#fall interest#larval host plant#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#common wood-nymph butterfly#various skipper butterflies
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Saccharum
    Species:
    arundinaceum
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical and Subtropical Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    This is a larval host plant that supports various skipper larvae and Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) which have one brood from late May to October. Adult Common Wood-Nymph butterflies feed on rotting fruit and flower nectar.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    Purple flowers spikes appear in fall and are 12' tall
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The ends of the leaves have a drooping quality
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators