Phalaris arundinacea

Scientific name: Phalaris arundinacea


Common names: “Reed canary grass”

Plant Type: Rhizomatous deciduous perennial grass


Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun – part shade

Soil: Any

Moisture: wet – dry, full range


Plant Size: H 3-9′ W endless ∞

Removal: Almost impossible to get rid of, will come back from seed banks in disturbed soils, any piece of root not removed, continuous sheet mulching might keep it down if maintained well

Pests & Disease: Nothing

Comments: Grows worldwide and considered the worst wetland invasive species, forms dense nearly pure stands displacing all native species

Propagate: By seed and rhizome

Cultivars: Don’t trust any of them!

P. a. ‘Strawberries & Cream’ – highly attractive striped leaves

P. a. var. picta – vigorous leaves boldly striped with white, pale and dark green

gardener's garters


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