Sugar Cane or King Grass

Photo by Gayla Trail

Photographed in the countryside outside Santiago de Cuba.

I have to admit that I can’t say with any real authority whether this is sugar cane (Saccharum) or King Grass (Pennisetum purpureum). Sugar cane is a pretty major source of sugar and King Grass is grown as cattle feed. They looked so much alike out in the fields that it could go either way although with the thicker lower stalks I am leaning towards sugar cane in this case.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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One thought on “Sugar Cane or King Grass

  1. Beautiful pictures! I wasn’t sure what this either so I went to google images and typed in sugar cane.

    This plant looks like very tall weeds or just very tall weeds growing in a sugar cane field or sugar cane that has gone to seed.

    In other words I have no clue :)


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