Photographer: Christopher Noll
Phalaris arundinacea L.
reed canary grass
Phalaris: Greek for "shining" referring to the shining seeds or possibly to the crestlike seed head
Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 2'-6' tall grass, dense stands crowding out other plants; stems stout; spreading rhizomes|
|Flower: ||green; inflorescence one flowered spikelet in dense cluster above leaf|
|Leaf:||wide 3"-10", gray-green, flat tapering to end; with ligule|
|Habitat: ||full to partial shade; moderate moisture, moist, to wet; shores, marshes, water to 1', disturbed areas|
|Notes: ||one of first grasses to green up in spring; aggressive, invasive; to eradicate burn then herbicide; mow spring and fall, then herbicide|