Reed canary grass

Phalaris arundinacea and cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea and cvs.)
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Genus:  Phalaris
This evergreen, rhizomatous, perennial grass has an upright habit, with bamboo-like foliage to 14 inches tall. Flat, linear leaves are sometimes striped yellow. Pale green spikelets turn buff with age.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Used extensively for buffer strips, shoreline plantings, and forage, it is an extremely aggressive invader of wetlands in the Midwest.
Care:  Needs to be contained if grown in a mixed or herbaceous border. Adaptable to all soil conditions.
Propagation:  Divide from mid-spring to midsummer.
Problems:  Ergot, rust, smut, brown patch, and leaf spots.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Green Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Type
Grasses

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