Genus: Phalaris

Phalaris

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
(Phalaris)
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Poaceae
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 characteristics:  Tolerant of most soil types. Some species are invasive.
Care:  Needs full sun or partial shade in most any soil. Cut back in early spring.
Propagation: 

By division in mid-spring to mid-summer.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Phalaris

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Reed canary grass
Phalaris arundinacea and cvs.
Problems: 

Ergot, rust, smut, brown patch, and leaf spots may affect plants.