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Calamagrostis breweri

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About Short Hair Reed Grass (Calamagrostis breweri) Calamagrostis breweri is a species of grass known by the common name shorthair reedgrass. It is native to the mountains of northern California and Oregon, where it grows in forests and meadows in subalpine and alpine climates. This is a perennial grass without rhizomes which forms tufts and bunches up to about 50 centimeters in maximum height, but generally shorter. The small, sparse leaves are mainly located at the base of the stems. The inflorescence is small and scattered, with spikelets about half a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.6 - 5 ft (0.49 - 1.5 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
2256' - 12273'

Annual Precip. ?
21.8" - 93.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.87" - 3.20"

Coldest Month ?
18.8° F - 46.2° F

Hottest Month ?
41.8° F - 69.3° F

Humidity ?
0.76 vpd - 18.76 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Shorthair Reedgrass

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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