Nov. 20, 2021

canary grass, Phalaris canariensis

Canary grass is well known as a component of commercial bird seed. The seed is also occasionally used for human food, but the hulls have been irritating to our esophagi. A variety has newly been developed with softer hulls, so rush right out! Seems like the birdseed supply chain is working just great. Canary grass started out in the Canary Islands as well as around the Mediterranean. It has been reported from all states, all provinces except LB, and from SPM. Beal Gardens, MSU, 6/11/15. Grass family, Poaceae.