Phalaris is a genus of 15 or so species of grasses from a variety of temperate habitats. They are grown for their leaves, which are sometimes striped in white or yellow, and for their spikes of flowers. Use in a border (some need to be contained) or at waterside.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsTolerant of most soil types. Some species are invasive.
CareNeeds full sun or partial shade in most any soil. Cut back in early spring.
PropagationBy division in mid-spring to mid-summer.
ProblemsErgot, rust, smut, brown patch, and leaf spots may affect plants.