Glyceria maxima var. variegata


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Hardy perennial



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photo by Friedrich Strauss, copyright GAP Photos (62120)

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A vigorous, strongly variegated grass with green and cream striped foliage which is tinged pink when young - this effect is most noticeable in late spring and early summer when most new growth occurs. Although it survives in drier situations, it grows best on moist to wet soil, making it ideal to grow in the boggy margin of a pond or in a damp border around one. It associates particularly well with pond-side plants such as astilbes, hostas, or candelabra primulas.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Glyceria

Species: maxima

Cultivar: var. variegata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 75cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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