This is a great choice for problem sites, such as the dry shade under a tree canopy. ‘Variegata’ is a vibrant, grass-like plant with green foliage, striped with cream. Leaves are wider and more blunt at their tip than grasses, and in warmer climates, the foliage persists through the winter. Clumps run from 1 to 1-1/2 feet tall and half again as wide. Spikes of small blue-violet flowers appear in late September and are followed by dark purple berries.
The plant has crisp, virtually indestructible leaves look attractive all season and often well into the winter. It prefers light, acidic soil and best to protect from strong winds. Grow best in light, moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil.