Ribbon Grass ( Phalaris arundinacea)
I got it thru an innocent plant swap with a friend, it was sweet and a
welcome light in a dark place for a short time. Friend said, oh, I love it
and it doesn't spread in my garden......it just mounds.
Please don't introduce this to any spot that you imagine under your
control. It loves rocks, and makes Bermuda Grass look tame.
Should have a haz mat warning on the sticky pot.... It bites
I got three one-gallon pots of this about 7 years ago. Right now I have a
patch that is about 24 inches in diameter. It has been quite underwhelming
for me. They were planted in partial shade in rich, well drained soil. It
has been far from invasive in my zone 6 garden.
If it had behaved that way for me I would have been a very happy gardner,
and not spent hours yesterday with a spading fork and large rocks for
leverage in prying up the root masses. In my friend's open garden, it was
just as you describe.
I'm not giving it a second chance <vbg>
Its strange how thing work. I have black-eyed Susan that self seeds like
crazy where I don't want it. When I move it where I want it, it does
nothing. Someone gave me some evening primrose - the invasive futacosa
variety. It took over a bed and I am still trying to totally rid myself of
it. I moved the plants to a spot that was in danger of eroding - NOTHING!
I started some lamb's ear from seed. It grows like wild in some beds and a
few feet away - NOTHING!
I can attest to this one. I have tried and tried to successfully grow
Gaillardia. Friend's always reseeds at her house and she'd let me dig up as
many as I wanted. They bloomed, and never returned. I have had a pot of
Quaking oat grass for a few years now and just discovered that if you don't
give the grass a haircut, you'll have it anywhere the seeds are dropped by
the birds. I spent the larger part of two hours yesterday just pulling out
seedlings of oat grass in pots and the new invasive but well loved "Swamp
sunflower" . I love it too, with it's huge steroid sized coreopsis like
flowers and thousands of them. but those thousands of flowers make little
cosmos like seeds that apparently are ALL viable. I'm seeing marijuana like
seedlings everywhere...........even in some places far from where the patch
was allowed to grow last year.
I also apparently have an abundance of perennial begonia, but I adore those
and will relocate some to another spot to take over. I can't have enough of
them.........and I too have a pot of ribbon grass that is doing well. I'm
almost afraid to plant it in the ground because the same stuff I brought
back from Denver a few years ago never established more than a weak clump,
but this pot is thriving. I'll take the pot where I want it to light up an
area. I "might" take a plug and attempt to plant it and see if it likes
(I also have a large amount of Dames Rockets this year) but with the cool
evenings, they apparently smell divine! so I'll just rip up the bulk of them
before they split their seed pods. This eerie purplish pink color they have
is amazing........I have lost a whole pot of brodaeae bulbs to these ladies
that seeded in the pot.........their toes crowded out the brodaeae bulbs and
that's all that's thriving.
HaHaHa, I'd lay odds I could grow those in my garden and never have to worry
about them spreading, even if I wanted them to spread! Why? The High Mojave
Desert has it's own ways of controling any plant. Only plant to make itself
at home and even it can be controled if killed while just a seedling is the
Tumbleweed which came from outside the NA land mass.
Send me any seeds you want.
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