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What are these growing in my backyard?

Posted by zuzu44 5a (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 26, 12 at 17:41

Our house came with a large backyard containing quite a bit of neglected and overgrown landscaping. These two "clumps" are growing next to each other. In addition to IDs, any info on how to clean these up and maintain would be greatly appreciated!


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RE: What are these growing in my backyard?

They look like two different forms of Phalaris arundinacea, AKA Gardener's Garters or Ribbon Grass.

The plain green copy is the straight species, and the variegated one is either P.a.var.picta 'Picta' or P.a.var. picta 'Feesey.' The difference between the two variegated cultivars is a slight pink tinge in the leaves on 'Feesey,' most noticeable in the spring.

They are both considered to be invasive in certain areas, like the Midwest.

The foliage will turn brown by late summer, but if you cut them back to within 6" of the ground, they'll throw up fresh new foliage through the fall.

RE: What are these growing in my backyard?

Thanks so much for the info!

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