Phalaris arundinacea Feesey description:
Stunning white and green striped foliage that has a pinkish shade to it in spring.
The leaves are semi evergreen so it tries to put on a show the whole year through!
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
In a dry border it will fill a large space, but in more moist soils it is best to keep it away from other plants because it will swamp them. It is good for adding a bright spot in a dull corner and is very easy to grow.
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Common names: Tricolor Ribbon Grass or Feesey Reed Canary Grass
Also known as: Phalaris arundinacea var. picta ‘Feesey’ (v)
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a groundcover plant?
Yes, great for filling a large space.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil and is okay in clay.
How much moisture:
Normal or wet. It can actually survive quite dry soils.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Cut hard back in mid summer when the flower spikes start to rise up so that the foliage remains fresh and compact.
Size of plant:
Height 1 m.
Spreading – faster in wet soil.
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