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Calamagrostis nutkaensis (Pacific Reedgrass)

Nootka Reed Grass, Pacific Reedgrass, Nootka Reedgrass, Pacific Reed Grass, Deyeuxia nutkaensis

Calamagrostis nutkaensis, Nootka Reed Grass, Pacific Reedgrass, Nootka Reedgrass, Pacific Reed Grass, California Native Plants
Calamagrostis nutkaensis, Nootka Reed Grass, Pacific Reedgrass, Nootka Reedgrass, Pacific Reed Grass, California Native Plants

Bold and stately, Calamagrostis nutkaensis (Pacific Reedgrass) is a tufted and clump forming, cool-season perennial grass with coarse-textured, arching green leaves that grow up to 3 ft. high (90 cm). Striking flower spikes rise above the foliage in spring to late summer. Purplish at first, the flower plumes turn to a tan color as the season progresses. Evergreen in mild winter areas, Pacific Reedgrass is native to western North America, from Alaska to central California, where it is mainly a coastal species growing in moist areas such as beaches and wetlands.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in moist soils. Tolerates a variety of soils. Adapts to full sun in coastal gardens but prefers partial shade in interior plantings. Tolerates salt spray and poor soils.
  • Good background or accent plant for perennial borders, coastal gardens, woodland gardens or meadows.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for rust in over-wet or humid midsummer periods. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed (no treatment) or division.
  • Native to western North America from Alaska to central California.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Poaceae
Genus Calamagrostis
Common names Reed Grass
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Alaska, Pacific Northwest, California, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Calamagrostis canadensis (Bluejoint Grass)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ (Feather Reed Grass)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Avalanche’ (Feather Reed Grass)
Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass)
Calamagrostis brachytricha (Reed Grass)
Stipa calamagrostis (Spear Grass)

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Vaccinium ovatum (California Huckleberry)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses, Perennials
Plant Family Poaceae
Genus Calamagrostis
Common names Reed Grass
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Alaska, Pacific Northwest, California, Oregon, Washington
Tolerance Deer, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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