Phalaris

Phalaris

Phalaris aquatica L.

  • a lowland hardy, blue-green perennial grass found mainly on fertile soils.

  • tolerant of heavy soils that are wet in winter and survives severe summer droughts.

  • drought resistant - excellent drought regrowth

  • grows best on drier soils in autumn and winter. 

  • withstands hard grazing and treading once established

  • has excellent pest resistance  

  • grass grub resistance - is known to reduce grass grub numbers in soil, 

  • helping to protect companion grasses and legumes. 

 

Cons

  • pure stands can be toxic always plant as part of a mix

  • contains an alkaloid causing a nervous disorder, phalaris staggers, in grazing stock. 

  • When sown as a minor component in a mix with other dryland grasses, this is not normally a problem

 

Mixtures 

ryegrass (spring growth) and cocksfoot (summer-winter growth), or with tall fescue, clovers/legumes and or herbs. 

 

Suggested sow rate: 1-2 kg/ha in mixtures