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Common Name: Reed Canarygrass

Scientific Name: Phalaris arundinacea

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Pasture, hay and rangeland

~Erosion control

~Wetland rehabilitation

Height: 5 - 8 ft

Root Type: Sod

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Most soils, prefers loamy to clay textures



~Small amounts of salt, alkali, and acidic

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 16 - 18 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5 - 7 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 538,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Category: Grass



Reed Canarygrass is a robust, rhizomatous, and sod-forming grass known for its tall stature. This adaptable grass species is capable of thriving on a range of soil textures, with its optimal growth observed on loamy to clayey soils. One of its notable characteristics is its exceptional tolerance to flooding, making it well-suited for poorly drained wetlands as well as irrigated uplands. Additionally, Reed Canarygrass displays fair resilience to salt, alkali, and acidic conditions in soils, contributing to its versatility across various environmental settings.


This hardy grass species is recognized for its prolific forage production, making it a valuable resource in agriculture. Reed Canarygrass finds applications in pasture management, hay and silage production, as well as soil erosion control along ponds and waterways. Its utility extends to providing food and cover for wildlife. Furthermore, Reed Canarygrass proves beneficial in environmental engineering projects, particularly in seeding filter fields designed to collect wastewater from diverse sources such as food processing industries, livestock operations, and sewage treatment plants.



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Reed Canarygrass Seeds


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