Botanical Name: Arundo donax 'Variegata'
Common Name: Striped Giant Reed  
Plant photo of: Arundo donax 'Variegata'
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Water Saving Tip:

In general, lawns only need to be watered once every three days.

Check your irrigation controller and reduce watering times if necessary.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, White, Yellow, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Mediterranean, Tropical, Water Garden, Wetlands


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Similar to the species, Striped giant reed is a bit smaller and less inclined to be invasive. It has creamy yellow and white variegated leaves, with the coloration more pronounced in the spring. Grows 6 to 12 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Does not flower dependably. Turns beige with the first hard frost.
Grow in full sun to part shade in nearly any soil; withholding water is a great way to control its spread. Thickets can become quite dense; cut back to the ground in February or March to keep plant neat. Plants may not flower before the onset of winter. In some regions of the country, this plant has become invasive, but our freezing winters and dry summers makes this easier to control; though it might be best to avoid planting Giant Reed within riparian corridor areas. Canes are useful as garden stakes, fencing, and thatching roofs of garden structures.