Saccharum ravennae - Hardy Pampas Grass
previously called Erianthus ravennae
This grass is a perfect example of four season interest
that ornamental grasses can supply. This picture was taken
in November. With its inch thick stems it holds up to pretty
well anything winter can throw at it.
The plant in this picture is 12' tall, but we have seen it reach 15'
in the Vancouver, BC area.
An excellent specimen plant.
Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage is grey-green; 3/4" wide; 100-150 cm (40-60") in height
Flowers are pink, turning silver; blooms in late August or Sept; 350-450
cm (11-15') tall
Ideal conditions: full sun; lean soil; excessive
moisture and fertile soil will cause the tall flower stems to lean and
Zone: 5 - 10 (this plant needs a long growing season
for the flowers to develop) (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Suggested Uses: specimen, screen, hedge, arrangements,
fall color, winter interest
Partner with: large rocks, evergreen shrubs
Season of interest: year-round, particularly in winter
Native to: north Africa and the Mediterranean
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once
every 2 weeks); further info
Recommended spacing between plants: 90-150 cm (36-60")
why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Saccharum (sa-KAR-rum) ravennae
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