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Saccharum giganteum

Description

A native ornamental grass known as sugarcane in the Poaceae family. Tolerates air pollution and being planted near black walnut trees.  Can grow 15'-20' tall in tropical areas but typically grow to 8' outside the tropics. Has large arching leaf blades with sharp edges. Can be planted as a specimen or in large groups.

Sugarcane Plumegrass is a perennial grass that reaches 8 feet in height when in bloom. Long, narrow, alternate leaves are located mostly on the lower stem; long white hairs are present at the base of the leaves. Golden plumes appear in fall at the top of tall, erect stems.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value: Deer resistance is high. Privides cover year round. Host plant for the Clouded Skipper butterfly. Seeds eaten sparingly by songbirds.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#butterflies#deciduous#birds#specimen#wildlife plant#cover plant#winter interest#air pollution tolerant#black walnut#seeds#host
Cultivars:
Tags:
#butterflies#deciduous#birds#specimen#wildlife plant#cover plant#winter interest#air pollution tolerant#black walnut#seeds#host
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Saccharum
    Species:
    giganteum
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds