Striped Giant Reed 'Peppermint Stick'

Arundo donax

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arundo (a-RUN-doh) (Info)
Species: donax (DON-aks) (Info)
Cultivar: Peppermint Stick

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color:

Red

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Variegated

Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mesilla Park, New Mexico

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Cedar Creek, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Negative

On Feb 1, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species isn't just difficult to manage in gardens, it spreads into wild areas where it damages habitat.

The World Conservation Union IUCN has included this species on their list of 100 of the world's worst invasive species, an honor it shares with only 31 land plants. http://www.issg.org/database/species/reference_files/100Engl...

According to BONAP, this species has naturalized in 28 states and has been declared invasive in 5.

The species is easily confused with another highly invasive grass, Common Reed, Phragmites australis.

Positive

On Sep 27, 2012, abqcricket from Wyldwood, TX wrote:

This grass grows very well in the Austin Texas area...Was slower to start the first year, 2nd it is 6 feet tall. Dought Resistant

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