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Arundo donax 'Variegata' | Variegated Giant Reed - 200-220cm, 70lt

Arundo donax 'Variegata' | Variegated Giant Reed - 200-220cm, 70lt

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Arundo donax versicolor, or Variegated Giant Red, is a vigorous, robust, clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial grass. Its ornamental foliage has long strap-shaped, cream and green, striped leaves. Feathery-looking clusters of inconspicuous, tiny, purple flowers emerge in autumn and turn white as they mature. It generally doesn’t produce fruit. It grows very well in fertile, moist soil of any kind. The soil doesn’t have to be well-drained as this plant doesn’t mind poorly drained soils and can thrive in waterside gardens. It prefers full sun but tolerates dappled shade. It is prone to wind damage so it needs to be planted in a sheltered position. It is a resilient plant, generally pest-free and disease free. Arundo donax versicolor is very decorative grass, especially near the water, perfect for pond, lake or river banks and marsh gardens. Also great for privacy screening and as a backing plant for mixed borders.
  • Common Name

    Variegated Giant Reed

  • Family


  • Type

    semi-evergreen perennial grass

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    East Asia, parts of Africa and Arabian Peninsula

  • Flower

    clusters of inconspicuous, tiny, purple flowers

  • Foliage

    long, strap-shaped, cream and green, striped

  • Maturation period

    2–5 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

tall, elegant, grass

Preferred Location


South–facing or East–facing or West–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral soil, full sun, dappled shade

Soil moisture

moist but well-drained, poorly-drained, well-drained

Growing Period


late autumn


all year


no fruit

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