reed canary grass


Definition of reed canary grass

: a perennial grass (Phalaris arundinaceae) occurring commonly in marshy meadows and ditches of Europe and North America, used in some areas for forage, and having broad leaves and narrow dense panicles

called also lady's-laces

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“Reed canary grass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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