Reed Canary-grass - Phalaris arundinacea

    Description

    A tall grass to 200 cm, stout and smooth stemmed, reed-like. Forms dense stands by means of creeping rhizomes. Panicles 5 to 25 cm long, spikelets sometimes flushed purple.

    Habitat

    Damp places, ditches, beside water etc.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 491 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map