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Ornamental Grass, Phalaris arundinacea ‘Strawberries & Cream’

Strawberries & Cream’ is a great container plant! It reaches just 24-36″ high with multi-colored, medium textured leaves. The leaves are blushed pink in spring and then turn white in summer. Foliage is particularly bright in spring with new growth. Showy plumes are appealing as accents or in groups. The foliage often turns tan in fall. Blooms June-September. Thrives in wet or boggy sites, but tolerates dry. Plant in full-sun to partial-shade. Potentially invasive and should be contained.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 24-36"
Spacing 36" wide
Hardiness Zones 4-11
Exposure Full-Sun to Partial-Shade
Foliage Variegated Green
Flower Pinkish Green
Bloomtime June-September

General Information +

Botanical: Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries & Cream'

Common: Ornamental Grass

Family: Poaceae

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.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the root meets the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. A slow release fertilizer may be used each spring, though it's not necessary.