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Variegated Ribbon Grass
Phalaris arundinacea 'Picta'
If you’re looking for an easy to maintain plant, go for variegated ribbon grass. It’s low-maintenance and adds color and texture. The incredibly quick growth habit of variegated ribbon grass makes it a top choice for filling in empty garden space. Plus it is hardy and adapts to most growing conditions. The biggest concern with planting variegated ribbon grass is its potential to become invasive.
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Part Sun, Shade, Sun
1 to 3 feet
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Variegated Ribbon Grass Colors
Variegated ribbon grass is a versatile plant that adds color when planted either in the ground or in container gardens. With their narrow, lance-shaped foliage on a fairly short plant height, variegated ribbon grass' spreading habit often gives the appearance of bamboo. It adds texture and movement to the garden, especially when seen gently swaying in the breeze. Variegated ribbon grass plant is most commonly grown for its foliage as it seldom blooms. If it does bloom, the flowers are often airy and insignificant, forming light and wiry panicles.
Variegated Ribbon Grass Care
Variegated ribbon grass thrives in almost all growing conditions. It is happy growing in anything from shallow standing water to dry, sandy clay. The plant is slightly less aggressive when grown in drier conditions, but can still quickly take over a garden area if left unchecked.
One benefit to this aggressive grower is that variegated ribbon grass can be used to stabilize river banks and other wetland areas. It is somewhat of a toss-up though, as you are potentially introducing an invasive species that can quickly choke out native plants. Variegated ribbon grass plants spread by aggressive rhizomes underground which why they are so invasive.
Much like their ability to grow in any soil condition, variegated ribbon grass grows in any lighting condition. It typically grow best in full to part sun, and is harder to establish when planted in full shade. Growing in full sun and dry conditions can lead to leaf scorch in the summer months.
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