Ribbon Grass

Common Names: Ribbon Grass, variegated reed canary grass, Gardeners' garters, Lady's laces

Botanical names: Phalaris arundinacea

Availability: Year-round

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 34 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Slender, long, arching leaves, 12 to 36 inches in length and less than an inch wide that are green with distinctive white or cream stripes running along their length. The leaves are flexible and bend easily, giving the foliage a graceful and flowing appearance.

Color: Green with distinctive white or cream stripes

Botanical facts: Native to Europe, Asia, and North America.

Design notes: The long, narrow leaves can add a beautiful draping feature to floral designs. The leaves are flexible enough to allow foliage manipulation.

Purchasing hints: Purchase leaves which are fresh, flexible and well hydrated.

Conditioning: Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Ribbon grass It can be invasive and needs to be managed carefully to prevent it from becoming a nuisance.