Phalaris aquatica ‘AQ1’ | ‘Harding Grass’ | Rooted plant


‘AQ1’ is an impressive and difficult to obtain Italian Phalaris aquatica cultivar. Live plant.

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Phalaris aquatica (syn. Phalaris tuberosa) ‘AQ1’ | ‘Bulbous Canary Grass’, ‘Harding Grass’ | Rooted plant

We know you’ll be as excited as we are to see this incredibly hard to find ‘AQ1’ clone back in circulation! Another of our EU exclusives (at least as far as we can tell – please let us know if we’re mistaken), this is a legendary Italian cultivar of the much sought-after yet surprisingly difficult to obtain species Phalaris aquatica.

First observed (in Bologna, Italy), investigated and and bought to public attention in 1994, by Italian ethnobotanical researchers Giorgio Samorini and Francesco Festi, ‘AQ1’ is a perennial bunch grass with similar growth habits and requirements to Phalaris brachystachys. Phalaris aquatica as a species originally hails from the Caucasus and Southern Europe, although it  is now also naturalised to countries including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.

Easily propagated from cuttings, aquatica forms large bunches of stocky waist-high plants, with grey to blue-green leaves and dense and spiky flowering heads that grow to around thirteen centimetres. Aquatica enjoys incredible growth throughout the spring and autumn, and is consequently considered to be an invasive species across chaparral, grassland, oak woodland and riparian habitats. When purposefully cultivating the species, it is advisable to protect the bunches of grass from any heavy or sustained freezes.

Although ‘AQ1’ is considered by Phalaris conniseurs as among the best strains of the species, several other desirable cultivars of aquatica exist, including ‘Australis’/’Australian’, ‘Sirosa’ and ‘Uneta’. A few interesting hybrids have also been created that combine the species with its cousin Phalaris arundinacea. Essential to any ethnobotanical collection.

Grown in sunny Spain and the UK!

We regret that we cannot sell live plants to customers outside of the European Union

This is due to international regulations. We recommend always checking your local laws before ordering.

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