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Phalaris arundinacea var. picta ‘Picta’ (Ribbon Grass)

Gardener's Garters, Bride's Laces, French Grass, Lady Grass, Lady's Garters, Lady's laces, Lady's ribbons, Painted Grass, Ribbon Grass, Silver Grass, Reed Canary Grass, Canary Grass

Phalaris arundinacea var. picta 'Picta', Gardener's Garters, Bride's Laces, French Grass, Lady Grass, Lady's Garters, Lady's laces, Lady's ribbons, Painted Grass, Ribbon Grass, Silver Grass, Reed Canary Grass, Canary Grass

A popular favorite since the Victorian era, Phalaris arundinacea var. picta ‘Picta’ (Ribbon Grass) is a vigorous perennial grass boasting narrow, arching leaves boldly striped with white, pale and dark green, up to 12 in. long (30 cm). Panicles of pale green flowers bloom well above the foliage in early summer but present little interest. The flat variegated blades are attractive from spring to early summer, but may become sun-scorched in mid-summer in hot summer areas. If this happens, simply mow this plant to the ground, lightly fertilize and irrigate, and fresh new growth will emerge within 2 weeks. Ribbon Grass can spread quickly to form an extensive colony. Choose a site where this grass can wander freely, or plant in tubs and containers.

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm) and 2-5 ft. across (60-150 cm). Extremely invasive spreader that is difficult to eradicate once established.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in dry to wet, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant.
  • This architectural grass is highly versatile. It may be grown at the edge of a pond or water garden, in boggy areas, along streams or ponds where it may help control soil erosion on moist banks.
  • Generally disease and pest free.
  • To keep the variegation, cut down all but the new young shoots in early summer to encourage fresh growth.
  • Divide from mid-spring to midsummer.
  • Phalaris arundinacea species is native to North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa.
  • Find where Phalaris arundinacea species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Poaceae
Common names Silver Grass, Reed Canary Grass, French Grass, Canary Grass
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spread 2' - 5'
(60cm - 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low, Average, High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Poaceae
Common names Silver Grass, Reed Canary Grass, French Grass, Canary Grass
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spread 2' - 5'
(60cm - 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low, Average, High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?

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