Botanical: Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries & Cream'
Common: Ornamental Grass
General Characteristics: Strawberries And Cream Ribbon Grass will grow to be about 24-36" at maturity, with a spread of 36". It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. This ornamental grass does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, preferring to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This plant can be propagated by division. This is a selection of a native North American species.
Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.
Tip: Ribbon Grass is a grass-like plant. Evergreen or neutral grasses are usually plants that look like grasses but aren't actually classified as grasses, they are generally called grass-like plants.
Divide evergreen or neutral grasses and grass-like plants in spring only. Evergreen grasses don't ever go dormant. Dividing plants wounds them to some degree. For evergreen grasses this wounding will really affect their ability to live through the winter. Can be propagated by division in the spring.
Use: Strawberries And Cream Ribbon Grass is an herbaceous ornamental grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance ornamental grass that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration; It is invasive. Strawberries And Cream Ribbon Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications; Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens, Ground-cover & Container Planting.