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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Calamagrostis canadensis (Michx.) P. Beauv.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: CACA4
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
, WY Canada: AB
, QC Native Distribution:
Transcontinental Canada, s. to NC
mts., KS, NM
& CA Native Habitat:
Marshes; wet prairies & open woods
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:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff