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Phalaris arundinacea - 'Picta'

Phalaris arundinacea - 'Picta'
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Type Grass, Deciduous
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Variegated green-white Foliage
Care Regular Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Phalaris arundinacea - Cultivation Notes

This tall perennial grass will florish in any decent garden soil whether in full sun or part shade. Phalaris has a tendancy to become invassive and and should ideally be planted with a container. Cut back hard in autumn and mulch.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Phalaris arundinacea:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Phalaris arundinacea

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Phalaris arundinacea:

  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot

View all the plants listed in Genus Phalaris

View other types of grasses with variegated green-white foliage

Common Missspellings: Falaris, Phallaris, Fallaris, Faleris, Phalarise

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