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SACCHARUM ravennae

Image of Saccharum ravennae

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

SACCHARUM ravennae

Plant Common Name

Hardy Pampas Grass, Plume Grass, Ravennagrass

General Description

Few ornamental grasses make a bigger statement in the garden than this stately Mediterranean native. Tall, dense mounds of slender, gray-green, fountainesque foliage give rise in late summer to towering stems topped with large feathery heads of silvery, purple-tinged flowers. The show continues into winter as the leaves and seed heads turn tawny-beige with purple and auburn highlights.

Plume grass does best in full sun and rich, well drained soil. Use it as a specimen, herbaceous hedge, or back-of-border plant. It self-sows invasively in some regions, including the southwest United States.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    8'-14' / 2.4m - 4.3m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    Mediterranean, Northern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Silver

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes