SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phalaris arundinacea
COMMON NAME(S): Reed Canarygrass
FAMILY: POACEAE (GRAMINEAE) Grass family
HABITAT: Cultivated, particularly forms with variegated leaves; waste places
LEAVES: Alternate, simple, long and slender to 18"
FLOWERS: Tiny, in dense clusters clumped at the top of the flowering stalk
FLOWERING SEASON: Summer to fall
FRUITS: Tiny, single-seeded
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Pollen allergens
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Respiratory
COMMENTS: Invasive and hard to control. May be becoming more widespread and likely to be found in large patches.