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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Calamagrostis canadensis (Michx.) Beauv.
USDA Symbol: CACA4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This perennial, clump-forming grass grows to a height of 3-5 ft. Many slender stems arise from small rhizomes; each topped by a large, slightly nodding, branched inflorescence. The inflorescence is purplish when in flower, becoming tan later in the season. Blue-joint grass stands up well in winter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: AB
, QC Native Distribution:
Transcontinental Canada, s. to NC mts., KS, NM & CA Native Habitat:
Marshes; wet prairies & open woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist to wet soils.
Conditions Comments: This species is the most frequent grass associate of sedges and is a valuable wetlands restoration species.
Propagate by seed or rhizome
division. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Seed requrie cold-moist stratification for 5 days before incubation with KNO3 and light. Commercially Avail:
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Sunshine Farm & Gardens
- Renick, WV
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff