Arundo donax aurea (Gold variegated giant water reed)

Arundo donax Aurea is the green and gold counterpart to the usual green and white form of giant water reed. It’s a little shorter and possibly a little less hardy, but it’s a great specimen plant.

Arundo donax Aurea is the golden form of a tall water reed coming from warmer climes, but still just about hardy enough for the Southern half of the UK. It has stripy green and gold leaves, starting into growth quite late but providing good late summer and autumn interest. It has strongly marked green and yellow stripes on the foliage and grows to about 1.5 metres tall, slowly building into a clump. When old canes become untidy and new ones are about 15cm high, cut off the old ones close to the soil level. It’s essentially a grass, so it’s best to do this in Spring or summer rather than Autumn.

Plant max height CM Planting depth cm Flowering from month Flowering to month Availability from month Availability to month
150 0-15 7 8 4 11


From April to August this plant will only be available at the nursery in various potted options.


1 x bare root, 3 x bare root, 10 x bare root, 1 x P9 pot, 3 x P9 pot, 1 x 1 litre pot, 3 x 1 litre pot, 1 x 2 litre pot, 1 x 3 litre pot, 1 x 3.5 litre pot


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