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Calamagrostis stricta
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Calamagrostis stricta

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About Narrow Hairgrass (Calamagrostis stricta) Calamagrostis stricta (syn. C. neglecta), known as slim-stem small reed grass or narrow small-reed, is a species of bunchgrass in the family Poaceae which is native to wetlands of the Holarctic Kingdom. Calamagrostis stricta is found throughout Eurasia (including Siberia) and into Mongolia and China. It is also common in Canada and the United States to which it was possibly introduced.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
8 ft (2.4 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
slopes, meadows, marshes


Elevation ?
15' - 11961'

Annual Precip. ?
5.6" - 115.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 3.43"

Coldest Month ?
21.2° F - 50.1° F

Hottest Month ?
43.4° F - 77.1° F

Humidity ?
0.40 vpd - 25.93 vpd


Landscaping Information
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Northern 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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