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Reed Canarygrass, Ribbon Grass
Scientific Name: Phalaris arundinacea L.
Synonym: Phalaroides arundinacea
Family: Poaceae
Reed Canarygrass, Ribbon Grass (Phalaris  arundinacea)
Phalaris arundinacea, picture by Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Part shade to full sun

Origin: Circumboreal: North America, Europe, Asia

Growth Habits: Rhizomatous perennial grass, wild type three to six feet in height (90-180 cm), cultivated variegated types up to 3 feet tall (90 cm)

Watering Needs: Moist soils

Propagation: Division of rhizome in spring, decorative varieties seldom set viable seeds

Listed as invasive weed in a number of US states. The variegated cultivated varieties are not very aggressive.

Phalaris arundinacea, 19440 U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Hunt Institute

Blooming Habits:
White or pink flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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