Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Phalaris arundinacea Accepted
Phalaris arundinacea var. picta Synonym
Phalaroides arundinacea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 2 - 6 feet
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Erosion control
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers


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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Feb 3, 2016 2:09 PM

There seems to be some question whether this is a native or invasive plant in the PNW. I do know I have a lot of it in my damp lower field, and my local Conservation folks would like to discourage its spread. Since it is growing along a fish-bearing stream, their suggestion is to simply plant larger natives where the canary grass is growing, cut the grass back, and eventually the shade from the natives will overpower the grass. I don't mind the canary grass, it looks really pretty in the wind, and I assume the deer snack on it (I know my dog does).

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