Strawberries & Cream Ribbon Grass

Strawberries & Cream Ribbon Grass

Phalaris arundinacea

This cultivar or Phalaris arundinacea is called ‘Strawberries and Cream’, a reference to the surprising pink color it produces on new growth in spring and fall. Its common name, Ribbon Grass, hints at the green and white longitudinal lines that show up as the plant matures. It is a cool season grower and spreads by rhizomes. It is often used on hillsides or to control soil erosion. Ribbon Grass likes full sun; it can live in standing water and in wet soil, as well as in average soil. In June, flowers appear on long stalks above the foliage. It is best to freshen Ribbon Grass in midsummer by cutting it back.┬áThe foliage often turns tan in fall. Blooms June-September. Wonderful container plant! Potentially invasive and should be contained.

Uses: Container, Slopes, Gardens

Full Sun to Part Shade

Zone 4-11

Height 2-3′