Calamagrostis nutkaensis 'The King'

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Species Name: Calamagrostis nutkaensis 'The King'
Common Name: Pacific Reed Grass

Performs best in coastal gardens. Tropical evergreen foliage. Lush year-round if kept moist. Very attractive seed heads from spring through summer.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Bunchgrass (cool season)
Height by Width: 3-4' H x 3-4' W
Growth Habit: Upright and dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yelllow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden. Introduced by Roger Raiche of the UC Botanic Garden
Natural Habitat: Wet areas, beaches, dunes, coastal woodland

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Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.