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Phalaris canariensis - L.

Common Name Canary Grass, Annual canarygrass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry open habitats[50]. A casual of waste places in Britain[17].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Phalaris canariensis Canary Grass, Annual canarygrass


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Phalaris canariensis Canary Grass, Annual canarygrass
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Phalaris canariensis is a ANNUAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in leaf from May to October, in flower from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked. Widely grown as a food for caged birds, the seed is rather small but can also be used as a cereal for making porridge etc[2]. It can be ground into a flour and used for making cakes, puddings etc[2, 22, 46, 61, 74, 115]. Leaves - cooked[106]. The young plant is used[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, succeeding in an ordinary garden soil[1]. It is tolerant of most conditions, dry or wet[200]. Cultivated for its seed which is commonly used in wild bird food mixes[1].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ[162].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Phalaris arundinaceaCanary Grass, Reed canarygrass, Gardener's Garter Grass, Ribbon GrassPerennial1.5 4-9 FLMHSNDMWe000
Phalaris minorSmall Canary Grass, Littleseed canarygrassAnnual1.2 5-9  LMHNMWe100

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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