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Arundo, Striped Giant Reed, Taiwanese Reed Grass '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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Good Fall Color

Provides Winter Interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Red

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

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

Levittown, New York

Cary, North Carolina

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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