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Phalaris arundinacea picta
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Phalaris arundinacea picta

Ribbon Grass, Gardener’s Garters
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

Native to North America and Eurasia. Tough, tenacious grass; forms a 2–3-ft.-high clump that spreads aggressively—and indefinitely—by underground runners. Leaves are deep green with longitudinal white stripes; they 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 the same control methods as for running kinds of bamboo (see Bamboo). Less invasive selections are ‘Woods Dwarf’ (‘Dwarf Garters’), about half as tall as the species and with brighter white striping; and ‘Feesey’ (‘Strawberries and Cream’), to 1 1/2–2 ft. tall, with white stripes that usually take on pink tints during cool weather.


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