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Hardy Sugar Cane, Purple Sugar Cane (Saccharum Officinarum)

Categorized as: Ornamental Grass

April 25, 2010 | 10732 Views | 1 Comments

Hardy Sugar Cane Sugarcane is a tall perennial grass native to China. It has been cultivated in India and China for more than 3,000 years. Grow it in full sun to partial shade in the ground or in large containers. Mulch well and water regularly. Overall plant height can be several feet tall with 3 foot strap like leaves on canes up to 2 inches in diameter.

Family: Poaceae
Genus: Saccharum
Species: Officinarum
Cultivar: None Identified

Hardy Sugar Cane


USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F
USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F
USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F
USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F


6-8 ft.
8-10 ft.
10-12 ft.
12-15 ft.
15-20 ft.

Light Exposure:

Full Sun
10% to 40% Shade

Growth Rate:

Very Fast

Hardy Sugar Cane You can enjoy chewing on the sweet cane centers in fall when are ready for harvest. Sugarcane flowers in the fall with giant plum-like tufts atop the mature canes. Plant can be easily propagated by planting stem cuttings in soil.

Response by: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/06/2011  at  10:35 AM

I didn’t think sugarcane was so hardy. I guess it would have to be considering the weather conditions in the areas where it’s grown. I understand there’s a way to make fuel out of sugar so having some plants on hand wouldn’t be a bad idea. Stefanie H.

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