Botanical Name: Erianthus ravennae
Common Name: Ravenna Grass  
Plant photo of: Erianthus ravennae
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Water Saving Tip:

Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Purple


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

Ravenna grass is a fabulous ornamental grass, from its striking silhouette and silky plumes to its fall color and winter presence. Emerging mid to late spring, it clumping, upright arching mound of foliage quickly reaches 3 to 5 feet. Plume stalks begin to emerge, with silky plumes emerging mid to late summer. As temperatures cool, plumes turn pinkish and foliage takes on burgundy hues. Very winter persistent. Winter birds will love the seeds. Grows 8 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Plumes are lovely in vases.
Grow in full sun and well drained soil. Will grow in gravelly, sandy-loam, clay-loam, or clay. Cut back in late winter (see Guides). Deer and rabbit resistant; birds love the seeds.