Phalaris arundinacea 'Feesey' - Ribbon Grass

Never plant Ribbon grass in a border unless well contained below the ground. This plant, sometimes sold under the name 'Strawberries and Cream', is the least invasive of the Ribbon grasses, but that is not saying much.

Does well in a container. Try growing it directly in your pond, in shallow water, or in a bog container.

Description: cool season; aggressive spreader
Foliage is variegated green and white (more white than green); medium blade width; 60-80 cm (24-32") in height
Flowers similar to 'Karl Foerster' (but sparser); blooms June through August; 80-100 cm (32-40") tall

Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade; moist fertile to wet soil; moderately drought tolerant.

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Partner with: late red tulips, Corydalis elata, Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'

The species is native to: moist areas of Eurasia

Season of interest: the entire growing season

Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth once every week) further info

Recommended spacing between plants: 35-80 cm (14-32") why such a difference

Pronunciation: Phalaris (fah-LAR-is) arundinacea (ah-run-din-AH-see-ah)


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Phalaris arundinacea 'Feesey' - Ribbon Grass
Phalaris arundinacea 'Feesey'

from the USDA website: states and provinces where
Phalaris arundinacea is native