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Pacific Reedgrass
Calamagrostis nutkaensis
  
About Pacific Reedgrass (Calamagrostis nutkaensis) 22 Nurseries Carry This Plant Calamagrostis nutkaensis is a species of grass known by the common names Pacific Reedgrass and Nootka Reedgrass. It is native to western North America from Alaska to San Luis Obispo County, where it is mainly a coastal species growing in moist areas such as beaches, dunes, coastal woodlands and wetlands. This is a perennial grass forming thick tufts of stems which may exceed a meter in height. There are several flat grass leaves up to a centimeter wide. The flower cluster is usually narrow and thin. This is a popular ornamental grass for the north coast.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grasses

Size
Size
3.3 ft tall

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Brown

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Keep moist

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Standing

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.8

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other wet area plants such as Sedge (Carex or Cyperus sp.), Spikerush (Eleocharis sp.), Bullrush (Schoeoplectus or Scirpus sp.), and Cattail (Typha sp.), and with trees/shrubs of the north coast such as Fir (Abies sp.), Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Ceanothus sp., Coast Silk Tassel (Garrya elliptica), Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor), Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Currant/Gooseberry (Ribes sp.), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos sp.), Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica), and Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum)

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet places, beaches,, dunes, woodland edges

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 11.8" - 154.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 5.76", Coldest Month: 34.7" - 51.0", Hottest Month: 53.4" - 73.1", Humidity: 0.01" - 18.57", Elevation: -51" - 5980"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Nootka Reed Grass, Nootka Reedgrass, Pacific Reed Grass


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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