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Phalaris arundinacea

Ornamental grass

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Phalaris arundinacea
  • Common name: Ornamental grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage colour:

Silver

Phalaris arundinacea is a spreading grass with green-and-white-striped foliage and narrow pale green flower panicles. It will grow almost anywhere, which makes it useful for growing in a semi-wild garden or shady areas under trees. It’s fast growing, but its growth can be restricted by planting it in a container, on a patio or with the pot sunken and hidden in the ground.

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Grow Phalaris arundinacea in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Divide clumps in spring and summer.

How to grow Phalaris arundinacea

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / boggy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do Divide in June

Do Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Phalaris arundinacea and wildlife

Phalaris arundinacea has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Phalaris arundinacea poisonous?

Phalaris arundinacea has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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