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Scientific Name

Phalaris canariensis




The species Phalaris canariensis is commonly known as canary seed. Canada is one of the top producers of this crop, emphasizing the fact that the conditions within Canada are optimal for the growth of this plant species. However, as a grassy weed, P. canariensis can be a problem in cropping areas, especially for cereal crops. Canary seed is not a highly competitive species; however, it is known to be susceptible to the disease Septoria spp, thus enhancing the importance of scouting and controlling this grassy weed.

Main description 

The seedlings of P. canariensis appear spindly upon emergence but will begin to tiller at the four leaf stage.


Mature plant
The stems of the mature plant can grow erect or ascending. At maturity the plant can reach up to 100 cm 

Optimal growth conditions

This is a weed that grows well in typical agricultural lands, as for example in the Canadian Prairies, where the plant can be prevalent in or around commercial crops in the region.  



  • Canola
  • Dry Beans
  • Lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Soybeans


Chemical Control

Products that control

  • Centurion
  • Velocity m3
  • Varro
  • Select


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