Giant Reed, Arundo donax, threatens more than half of U.S.
is native to India and Mediterranean countries including Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Algeria.
Giant Reed, Arundo donax,
Introduced into the U.S. in the 1800s as an ornamental, its common names include Spanish reed, wild cane, cana brava, and carrizo.
This bamboo-like member of the grass family, grows 30 ft. high with deep, tough, fibrous roots.
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Other plants commonly called Giant Reed are also invasive.
For example, the Illinois wildflower called Giant Reed is Phragmites australis. Its native range includes North America, Eurasia, Africa, and Australia. In optimal wetland conditions it can choke out other plant species.
If you find Arundo donax growing on your property, eradicate it.