Saccharum giganteum

Sugarcane Plumegrass

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

In our part of east Tennessee, from September into November, it seems that every rural roadside that has some trees and a good slope to it, has got Plumegrass growing on it which radiates an intense white light when the flower heads are backlit by the afternoon sun. Virtually leafless flower stalks shoot up 9 to 10 feet into the sky, well above sparsely-leaved clumps of grass. And these white, fluffy, seed heads when back lit seem to float and glow in the autumn air. Plumegrass likes well drained but not dry, acid soil and a little more sun than shade. It's fast growing but never makes a dense clump so plant it behind something or underplant (with Sumac and Aromatic Aster) in a place where you'll view it facing west in the afternoon. This is a "must do".



Showy Berry Fruit

Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow


Semi Evergreen

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass or grass-like    

Light Exposure

Mostly sunny, Full sun,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist     


full quart


36 or taller

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall



Hardiness Zones

4, 5, 6, 7, 8