Canary-grass - Phalaris canariensis


    This grass is 20 to 60 cm tall with leaves that reach a maximum of 10 mm wide. The panicle is ovoid, not lobed and only 1.5 to 6 cm long x 12 to 22 mm wide.

    Identification difficulty

    A casual weed of waste ground and rubbish dumps, often introduced in bird seed mixes.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional but widespread in much of Britain although mainly coastal in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 52 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015


    UK Map