Phalaris arundinacea

reed canary grass
Photo Credit: 
M. Costea and K. Stevens
source: CUPIC

A robust grass of wet areas. Considered a circumboreal native, but with different genotypes (North American likely a mix of native, European, and agricultural cultivars per Flora North America - link to right). According to the NY Flora Atlas (link to right) there probably was a native genotype of this species, but it is either gone or nearly gone. The populations that are common in NY State are the non-native genotype. It can form large, dense populations that exclude native flora.

Plant Information

Common Name(s): 
reed canary grass
Grasses, Sedges, Rushes
Native Region: 
western North America
East US
Invasive Level: 
Level 2
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