Calamagrostis nutkaensis

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Species Name: Calamagrostis foliosa
Common Name: Leafy Reedgrass

Beautiful green foliage with purplish-red highlights. Some extra water in hot inland areas. Fairly uncommon bunchgrass, threatened by grazing. Considered one of our most beautiful grasses.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (cool season)
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 1-2' W
Growth Habit: Low, mounding
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: N/A
Endangered?: List 4/RED 1-2-3
Distribution: North Coast, Outer North Coast Range
Natural Habitat: Bluffs, cliffs, coastal scrub forest below 3800'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.