- Position: Full sun
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Flowering Period: September – October
- Hardiness: May need winter protection
- Eventual Height: 1.8m
- Eventual Spread: 0.6m
Arundo Donax Variegata, also known as the ‘Variegated Giant reed’, is evergreen, clump-forming perennial grass with stout stems of long arching strap like grey-green, and creamy-white, striped bamboo-like foliage, occasionally bearing panicles of green to purple spikelets. A superb architectural plant, its upright habit providing colourful height to the pond side or border planting scheme.
Looking After Your Arundo Donax Variegata
An easy to grow variegated ornamental reed, although may need some Winter protection from very strong, cold winds so plant within a sheltered area of the garden. Stripping the reeds of their leaves in the Autumn leaving the bear stems will provide some winter interest and structure to pond/stream side, then during late Winter/early Spring cut stems back to ground level allowing the new shoots to emerge, this will also help to encourage any flowering, and feed generously with a good quality fertilizer.