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Phalaris arundinacea picta
Phalaris arundinacea picta

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Phalaris arundinacea picta

Ribbon Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

Native to North America, Eurasia. Tough, tenacious grass; forms a 2- to 3-ft.-high clump that spreads aggressively—and indefinitely—by underground runners. Leaves are deep green with longitudinal white stripes, turn buff colored in autumn. Airy flower clusters are white, aging to pale brown. To keep this plant in-bounds, grow it in large containers or use same control methods as for running kinds of bamboo.

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