Ribbon Grass, Gardener's Garters (Phalaris arundinacea)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ribbon Grass, Gardener's Garters
Phalaris arundinacea

Ribbon Grass <em>Phalaris arundinacea</em>
Ribbon Grass Phalaris arundinacea

A very rapid spreading groundcover with variegated foliage. Needs to be used carefully.

This is a running warm season grass.

Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions from wet to dry. Prefers light shade for best foliage color. 

'Feesey' 15-18" tricolored foliage of green, white, pink. Also sold as 'Strawberry and Cream'. Less invasive.

'Picta' 18" green leaves with white stripes. Less invasive.

Mature Height
12-24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 9 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Very aggressive spreader. Plant can revert to green form which is more aggressive.

Additional Notes
Ribbon grass is used with caution as it can become invasive. Could be used in containers. Select less invasive forms.


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