|Growing plentifully along the banks of the Nile, this reed was well known to ancient Egyptians, who depicted it in their arts and used its flower cluster as the model for their equivalent of the letter A. Also common to Israel and other Bible lands, leading some authorities to believe that many Bible references to reeds are to Arundo. Stiff, hollow stems are used as musical instrument reeds and can double as plant stakes or fishing poles. Stems sometimes used to make screens, lattices or mats, and occasionally in light construction. Use this 8 to 20-foot plant for a striking, tropical accent in the garden, near swimming pools or other bodies of water but avoid soils with lots of clay. Propogate by dividing clumps or by placing a stem in water, where new, little plants will quickly sprout from every joint.
Fast-growing, it can gain as much as 20 feet during one season. Use in open areas along ponds and streams. The stiff stems have long, thin leaves. Several varieties are available.
Attributes - Arundo donax
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Early Fall
Flower Color: White
Height: 6 ft. to 20 ft.
Width: 10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Hot Climates, Wet Soil.