Herb: Canary Grass


Latin name: Phalaris canariensis


Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)



Edible parts of Canary Grass:

Seed - cooked. Widely grown as a food for caged birds, the seed is rather small but can also be used as a cereal for making porridge etc. It can be ground into a flour and used for making cakes, puddings etc. Leaves - cooked. The young plant is used.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
July to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Dry open habitats. A casual of waste places in Britain.

Propagation of Canary Grass:

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry open habitats. A casual of waste places in Britain.

Medicinal use of Canary Grass:

None known

Known hazards of Phalaris canariensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.