Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Sugarcane Plume Grass

Sugarcane Plume Grass

Saccharum giganteum  (Erianthus giganteum)

Full sun, moderately wet to medium moisture level, boggy or sandy soil, extremely acid to neutral pH.  9 feet height, blooms in fall, green flowers, re-seeds moderately fast.

Germination Code:  A  (3 weeks dry cool stratification will improve germination)

Native Region:  Statewide

Warm season.  Tall, coarse, erect grass with a large, fluffy, terminal panicle of reddish-peach to silvery white seedheads.  Foliage turns orange red and fades to straw color in winter.  Rapid grower and clumps will get larger each year unless parts are dug out during the dormant season.  Commonly grows in bogs, swales and swamps.  Best used at the edge of ponds, streams or water gardens.


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