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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

The giant reed grows across Provence, often in long, thick hedgerows. In the Var and the Vaucluse, you'll see it growing along the edges of the vineyards. In the Bouches-de-Rhône, especially in the Camargue, it provides a nice windbreak, along with bamboo thickets, for the rice paddies and grain fields.

Flowers. June-Oct

Leaves. Grey-green, rough and tough, about 60 mm wide.

Habitat. Damp places, ditches, river and stream margins, dune depressions. Often planted as wind shelters, and used for basket making and shade roofs.

These photos were taken along the edges of fields and vineyards in the Vaucluse.