Reed Canarygrass

  • Scientific Name: Phalaris arundinacea
  • Very competitive once established
  • Preferred forage in seasonally “sumpy” and wet area
  • Once established tolerates inundation and drought
  • Extremely productive grass
  • May become invasive in some regions or habitats
  • Frequently used with Garrison Creeping Foxtail

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.


Prohibited Plants

Some plants are considered invasive or noxious in certain states, and are therefore “illegal to sell, gift, barter, exchange, distribute, transport or introduce.” This plant on this product page is know to fit this description in at least one state. The list below is for reference only and is not complete. Refer to the department of agriculture website for your state for additional information.

Common NameScientific NameState where ProhibitedAdditional Information
Reed CanarygrassPhalaris arundinaceaIndianaIndiana Department of Natural Resources

(Phalaris arundinacea)

Reed Canarygrass NRCS Plant Fact Sheet

PDF version of NRCS Plant Guide & Fact Sheet

Prepared By & Species Coordinator:
USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program

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Helpful Links

Additional information about this product can be found on the academic websites linked below.


Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Reed Canary Grass
  • Phalaris arundinacea

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Great Basin Seed is a seed company that specializes in seed sales and consultation for home, ranch, farm, range and reclamation. We have been a leader in the seed industry since 1974.

Our History

We've been in the seed business since 1974.

What We Offer

We offer seed for home, farm, ranch, range and reclamation projects.

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Quick Plant Facts
Common Name:

Gardener's Garters, Palaton Canarygrass, Reed Canarygrass, Ribbon grass

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Seed Count

538,000 seeds/lb.

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Sowing Rate

2-4 PLS lbs. per Acre

Min. Precipitation

16 Inches, adapted to Wetlands

Best SowingTime

Spring or Fall

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Full Sun, Shade Intolerant

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