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PlantFiles: Ribbon Grass, Reed Canary Grass, Gardener's Garters
Phalaris arundinacea 'Feesey'

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Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phalaris (FAL-ah-ris) (Info)
Species: arundinacea (a-run-din-uh-KEE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Feesey

Synonym:Phalaris arundinacea var. picta

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Category:
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Variegated
Blue-Green

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Negative coriaceous On Feb 3, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

My experience with 'Picta' is that it spreads too quickly and aggressively by underground rhizomes for it to be used near other garden perennials. There are many other more useful ornamental grasses that look very similar without being weedy or thuggish.

This species is naturalized through most of the US, and often forms large monoculture stands in wetland habitat. Cultivating it is prohibited in Massachusetts, where it's considered an invasive threat to natural habitat. It's been declared a noxious weed in Washington, and invasive in Connecticut.


Negative distantkin On Mar 15, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

The Minnesota DNR has Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) listed on it's invasive species list.
"Ecological Threat:

* Reed canary is a major threat to natural wetlands. It out competes most native species.
* It presents a major challenge in wetland mitigation efforts.
* It forms large, single-species stands, with which other species cannot compete.
* If cut during the growing season a second growth spurt occurs in the fall.
* Invasion is associated with disturbances, such as ditch building, stream channeling sedimentation and intentional planting.
* This Eurasian species has been planted throughout the U.S. since the 1800s for forage and erosion control. It is still being planted."

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

'Feesey' has a pink tinge to the foliage while it is young. After the season progresses a bit the pink fades away. It's height and spread are about 2-3'. Tan colored plumes or spikes arise in mid-summer.

May be used as a container plant or near a water feature. Prefers partial sun.

Can be invasive.

Neutral lmelling On Oct 31, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Feesey is a varigated green and cream color that has a nice pink tinge along the blades that fades over time. I tried to overwinter the Feesey here in zone 5 with the result that I found it had died the following spring - possibly was submerged too far in the pond during the winter. I have since found that ribbon grass prefers moist soil only in winter.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Portland, Maine
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Ithaca, New York



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