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FAMILY: Gramineae/ Poaceae
USES: Provides a strong tropical effect. In silhouette, as a specimen, background or screen plant. Does well in Japanese gardens, near streams, ponds, water features, around pools and in courtyards.
SIZE: Grows 3-5m tall with a clumping spread of 1.5–3m. Slow growing.
LOCATION: Full sun to partial shade. Does well in the more humid coastal locations or near the ample irrigation and humidity of a lawn. Needs some protection from direct sea wind. Not so good in the open, hot, dry desert regions.
Fertilizer: Apply a slow release NPK every six months. A greedy plant. Apply additional Npk every two months if you want to push growth.
WATER: Keep soil moist. Not very drought tolerant. However does not accept over irrigation or waterlogging.