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Reed Canarygrass

Phalaris arundinacea

Plant Description

Tall perennial grass with rounded stems and papery membrane at base of leaves, reddish coloring near the top of stem; wide leaf blades are hairless; can have compact or open spikes. Creates dense rhizomatous mats and mounds of dead stems that inhibit re-growth of native species.

Plant Details

Life Forms
ODA Listing
Soil and Moisture Conditions
Suggested Actions
Shade Preference
Mature Height 3-6'
Distribution Reed Canarygrass is found throught most of North America.
Control Reed Canarygrass is very widespread and very difficult to successfully remove. One option is to cover the area with shade cloth or sheet mulch thickly. Leave the cover in place for at least two growing seasons
Reproduction and Spread Spreads by rhizomes, fragments, and seeds.
Introduced Introduced to Oregon in 1918 for pasture and erosion control.
Look Alikes Harding grass
Impact Highly invasive, can form a monoculture and exclude all other native plants.
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