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Reed canarygrass

Reed canarygrass is native to the northern hemisphere around the world, but is often considered “invasive” due to its aggressive growth, often resulting in a monoculture. Seed from Europe was introduced to North America long ago, and at this time it is not clear how much of the “wild” reed canarygrass in North America is native vs. of European origin. It appears that European reed canarygrass is more aggressive than native types. Plants from different origins are indistinguishable morphologically, but genetic studies are underway to develop methods of distinguishing native and introduced reed canarygrass. Seed shatters when ripe and quickly drops to the ground, making seed production difficult. Reed canarygrass can be easily propagated using sod pieces or green stem material and has been used for gulley control. [GIS-6]