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arundo versicolor vs variegata

Posted by GREENGUY Zone 5 OH (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 14, 05 at 14:21

I am looking for a variegated arundo and came across these two names. I figured they were the same but then I saw some places sell both types. Does anyone grow both? Can anyone tell me the difference between the two? I also need someone to reccomend a good online source for both as no one near me sells either and i will probably try both unless someone here tell me why not to.
TIA


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RE: arundo versicolor vs variegata

I'm pretty sure it's the same plant! Just sold under these two names. Looking in Rick Darke's book 'The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses' It's listed as the same!
Have a fun time growing this beautiful giant!
Best Regards,
Anthony in TN.


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RE: arundo versicolor vs variegata

  • Posted by lkz5ia z5 west iowa (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 15, 05 at 12:13

This is what was said on floridata:
Striped giant reed (A. donax var. versicolor, also known as cv. 'Variegata', has leaves with bold white stripes, and is a smaller plant, to 8 ft (2.4 m) tall. The cultivar, 'Macrophylla' has larger leaves, to 3 in (7.6 cm) wide, that are grayish or bluish green.


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RE: arundo versicolor vs variegata

thanks but it is really odd that joy creek and other list both - joy even has two different pictures.

do you grow either? Macrophylla sounds interesting.

can anyone reccomend a good online source for them?


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RE: arundo versicolor vs variegata

  • Posted by lkz5ia z5 west iowa (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 15, 05 at 23:02

I just bought the common type this year. If it survives the winter I may look into the different cultivars. Or I might try and get the different species like Arundo formosana, which is supposedly hardier.


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