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Saccharum ravennae (ravennagrass)

Saccharum ravennae
Saccharum ravennae
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Saccharum ravennae (ravennagrass) is a large perennial grass (family Poaceae) found in the Sonoran Desert and Sacramento Valley of California. It is also found in a number of other states throughout the country. Ravennagrass is sold in the nursery trade as a hardier alternative to pampas grass, since it can grow in cooler climates. Ravennagrass grows in moist places such as marshes and riparian areas, establishing itself easily in disturbed areas. It is spreading rapidly along Cache Creek in the Sacramento Valley.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Moderate - Alert

Cal-IPC Resources on Saccharum ravennae

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • (1995). Weed alert! CalEPPC News. 3: 5.
  • DiTomaso, J. (2006). New weed alerts! Cal-IPC News. 13: 4-5.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • DiTomaso, J. M. (2005). 2005 Cal-IPC weed alerts, new invasions, recent expansions, and a few others to be on the look-out forů. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2005. Chico, CA.
  • Tu, M. and J. M. Randall (2003). 2003 Cal-IPC red alert! New invasions, recent expansions, and a few others to be on the look-out For. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.

Other Resources on Saccharum ravennae

  • USDA PLANTS database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
  • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.