River Cane Plant

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Latin Name- Arundinaria Gigantea Hardy Planting Zone- 6-10 Mature Height- 8-10 ft Width- 2 cm Sun or Shade- Full Sun
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River Cane - Arundinaria

Rivercane is a type of bamboo with evergreen foliage and is the only bamboo native to the United States. It grows in neutral to acidic soils and is normally seen by streams and rivers as well as seepages and levees. It flowers only once every 30 to 40 years but produces a beautiful display of flowers simultaneously. Commonly known as canes or river canes, the Arundinaria is a genus of bamboo that is found in the grass family. It is the only temperate bamboo species that grows in North America. Native to the eastern United States, the river cane grows in areas as far north as New Jersey to as far south as Florida, and west to Ohio and Texas. They are found along coastal plains and up to medium elevations such as in the Appalachian Mountains. One of the characteristics of these kinds of rods is the fan-like leaf cluster that forms on the top of new stems and which is referred to as a "top knot."
River Cane is referred to as "i-hi," or "cane," in Cherokee as it is a traditional plant used for blowguns, fishing poles, chairs, baskets, pipe stems, and shining clay pots. For these purposes, the cane can be gathered at any time of year, although it is most commonly collected in the winter months when no snakes or ticks are in the swampy habitats where the cane proliferates. The Cherokee Nation has made to revitalize traditional i-hi over the years as it has suffered from livestock grazing, the clearing of woodlands, and fluctuating water levels that dry out the roots. By encouraging the growth of such River Cane in landscaping projects, a touch of green can be added to swampy borders of gardens while assisting in the revitalization of this traditional plant.This cane is the food plant for the southern pearly eye, a butterfly. Canebrakes are an important habitat for the Swainson's, hooded, and Kentucky warblers, as well as the white-eyed vireo.