Variegated Reed Sweet-Grass Glyceria maxima 'Variegata' - 3 x 9cm Pot
Glyceria maxima Variegata is a vigorous, moisture-loving, rhizomatous perennial grass. When young, its narrow, strap-shaped leaves are often flushed with pink, but are otherwise seen in either cream or green. Its attractive purplish-green flowering panicles bloom in mid to late summer. Glyceria maxima 'Variegata' associates particularly well with pondside plants, such as hostas, astilbes, or candelabra primulas.
- Foliage Colour: cream, green, pink
- Flower Colour: green, purple
- Current Size: 9cm
- Approx. Growth Height: 0.5-1m
- Max. Spread: 2.5m
- Planting Time: spring
- Flowering Time: summer
- Uses: aquatic, bog garden, waterside
- Habit: suckering, spreading
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: average
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Moisture: boggy, damp conditions, moisture-retentive, pond/in water
- Soil Requirements: neutral, acid, alkaline, clay, loamy, sandy
Glyceria maxima 'Variegata' will grow well in full sun in wet or damp soil. Prepare the flower bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil. Prepare a hole for the plant, place the plant in the hole and carefully yet firmly fill in with loose soil.
This plant is suitable for zones 1, 2 & 3 of a pond.
Caring and Maintenance:
Plant in moist or boggy soil in spring and add to planting baskets. In summer, plant in fertile, moisture-retentive soil. Cut back in autumn, after the leaves die down. Divide and replant in spring to avoid congested plants, and plant container-grown plants in a sunny position.
A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. Perennials are flowering plants which grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter. They typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next through a form of vegetative reproduction rather than seeding. Perennial plants often have deep, extensive root systems which can hold soil to prevent erosion, capture dissolved nitrogen before it can contaminate ground and surface water, and outcompete weeds. They grow very well in conditions that are poor in resources due to their earlier emergence in the spring, and the development of larger root systems which can access water and soil nutrients deeper in the soil.