Height: 60-90cm (2-3ft)
Water depth: up to 15cm (6in)
Site: sun or partial shade
The bright green, 1.2-1.8m (4-6ft) tall Glyceria maxima (syn. G. aquatica, C. spectabilis), a plant of wet meadows and watersides, is far too robust for the average. The form variegata, however, is more compact, controllable and beautiful. It will grow in dry soil, although the rend to lose their colour as the summer progresses. The waterside, or even shallow water up to a depth of 15cm (6in), is better.
In spring, youngshoots of green striped with pink-tlushed-white emerge. As the long, narrow leaves open out, the pink fades and grassy sprays of tiny appear.
Plant in spring in a sunny or lightly shadedby the water’s edge, or in in up to 15cm (6in) of water. If planting above the water level, the soil ideally should be moisture-retentive.
Except when it is grown to stabilize a bank, grow it in a, to prevent it becoming invasive.
Propagation: Lift and divide in spring.
Pests and diseases: Trouble free.