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Phalaris arundinacea ‘Picta’
Phalaris arundinacea ‘Picta’
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Phalaris arundinacea ‘Picta’

Ribbon Grass

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 8.310.100

Also known as Gardener’s Garters. This is a spreading grass, forming a wide patch of medium height. Leaves are striped lengthwise with light green and creamy-white, and are useful for flower arrangements. Tan spikes appear in summer. Choose a site where this grass can wander freely, or plant in tubs and containers. Often this will benefit from a hard clip back in midsummer, just as the flower spikes appear, in order to rejuvenate the foliage. Easily divided in spring or fall. Loves moisture.

Further details for
Phalaris arundinacea ‘Picta’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Moist or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Light Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Ground Cover
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
   90-120 cm
   35-47 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.