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    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

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Phalaris arundinacea var. picta

gardener's garters

gardener's garters

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  • Other common names gardener's garters
    bride's laces

    French grass
    lady grass
    lady's garters
    lady's laces
    lady's ribbons
    painted grass
    ribbon grass
    silver grass

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  • Genus Phalaris can be annual or rhizomatous perennials grasses with relatively broadly linear leaves and small green flower spikelets in open panicles

  • Family Poaceae / Poaceae

  • Species

    P. arundinacea var. picta is a vigorous perennial grass forming an extensive colony of erect stems to 60cm tall, bearing narrow leaves boldly striped with white, pale and dark green, and narrow pale green flowering panicles in summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Suckering

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Chalk, Clay

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any soil in full sun or partial shade. Can spread quickly, so therefore good for covering large areas

Propagation Divide from mid-spring to midsummer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Cottage & Informal Garden

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