11 responses to “Arundo donax”

  1. Beverley

    Arundo donax – Z7 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Arundo donax – Z6-10 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

  2. M.Sajjad Iqbal

    One of the excellent photograph, that really inspired me.Moreover it shows the sense of understanding nature.

  3. Michael Williamson

    These are stunning photos, practically like paintings. Many thanks for sharing them.

  4. Eric in SF

    Absolutely spectacular images!

  5. Eric in SF

    I’ve seen firsthand the monoculture/crowding out of native species by Arundo donax in my travels to Ecuador and Peru. It was heartening to see the grass extensively used as building materials by a (comparatively) poor population, but the loss of species diversity is painfully obvious.

  6. Eric Simpson

    As a kid growing up in coastal north San Diego County, CA, this was one of my favorite species. Not only did “bamboo” (as we used to call it, not knowing any better) grow in patches large enough to carve well-hidden tunnels and forts within, you could harvest it, drag it home, and make cool stuff with it.
    Even though I eventually learned that it was a non-native, invasive species, It was a bittersweet experience watching the last local patch being bulldozed to make way for yet another business park.

  7. Carol Shelton

    Today’s photo is so beautiful (Yolo County, California). Top to bottom, side to side, every inch of it is wonderful. How can I get a copy of it?
    Thank you.
    Carol Shelton

  8. Guy Webb

    Oddly enough, Arundo is prized a a reed for wood wind instruments.

  9. Anthony

    This arundo looks to me like it’s sitting in the middle of a patch of star thistles, which would be hardly any better.

  10. George Shaw

    Does anyone happen to know any specifics on its ability to support weight? What diameter is needed to support how many pounds? e.g., Will one and a half inch diameter safely support 250 pounds or more?

  11. Matt Mendenhall

    The photos are awesome. The yellow that stands out so vividly from the grey is poetry in picture. It saddens me to hear so many discouraging remarks about this plant. The facts are that it does not spread by runners, nor are the seed viable. It can spread by water if planted near a stream. But I have seen few cases. It is only a menace to people and places that do not want it, due to its strong root system. I absolutely love the plant and respect it’s beauty. California and Texas should try a little Kudzu for a change. Only then will they know what a true pest is.

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