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Please help to identify this plant.

Posted by masterpooyan Texas (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 23, 08 at 11:07

Please help me identify this. I'm thinking of trying to transplant some. This was found growing in a greenbelt area outside of Austin, TX.

I'm not even sure if it is Bamboo. The tallest ones were about 15 feet high.


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RE: Please help to identify this plant.

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 23, 08 at 12:46

It's definitely not bamboo. And I would encourage you not to transplant it. It appears to be arundo donax (Giant reed), which is an invasive weed that has spread throughout the SE United States.

Here is a link that might be useful: Arundo donax

RE: Please help to identify this plant.

Yes, Arundo donax, and it grows everywhere around Austin. Makes great cane poles for fishing.

It will grow to over 20 feet and is very cold hardy. It is drought tolerant and can grow in very wet conditions. I have a variegated form growing in my yard.

The Highway Department and County workers, plant it along roadsides to prevent erosion.

It spreads relatively slow, only a few inches to a foot each year depending on type of soil, moisture, and fertility.


RE: Please help to identify this plant.

Does it spread with rhizomes? Because while I was in Fl. I dug something tht kind of looks like that but there were shoots tht look like bamboo in it.

The plant had nodes, and Running rhizomes. Some culms were reddish in color, others were green, and some were brownish.

It looked to be native because I don't think anyone would've planted it where I found it. I am wodering if it is one of the Arundinaria's.

RE: Please help to identify this plant.

The above is definitely Arundo donax and it does grow with rhizomes and has nodes. Some people call it Georgia cane or just Cane.

It isn't very invasive as far as fast spreading, but as Kudzu said, it is considered a weed in many parts, and it does choke out most all other growth, but then so does many other plants.

The variegated variety has 'hot' pink shoots striped with green and white.


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