Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tall Grass That Looks like Corn Is Giant Reed

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tall Grass That Looks like Corn Is Giant Reed

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Q - At a nearby garden there is a grass growing that is approximately 30 feet tall and looks like a corn plant; however, it is not. This grass is beautiful and we call it "corn grass." Do you know what the name of it is?

A - From your description, but without the benefit of seeing it, my guess is that you are describing giant reed (Arundo donax). Arundo is an ornamental grass of European origin that produces large bamboo-like canes with corn-like foliage. It can grow quite tall in a single growing season.

Arundo grows best in moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Established clumps are very drought-tolerant, but the foliage is liable to scorch without supplemental water in summer. Severe winter cold may kill stems back to the ground, but the roots are likely to survive, so it will benefit from mulch over its roots to pull it through the severest cold spells. …

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