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Calamovilfa longifolia (Hook.) Scribn.
Prairie sandreed, Sandreed grass
USDA Symbol: calo
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Prairie sand-reed is a 2-6 ft. sod-forming, perennial grass with a stiffly erect culm and long, tapering leaves. The seed head is 4-16 in. long with narrow, ascending branches. Prairie sand-reed stays green until frost, then cures well to remain effective in the winter landscape.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NY , OH , PA , SD , WI , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Ont. to s.e. B.C., s. to IN, IL, KS, CO & n. ID Native Habitat:
Sandy hills, prairies & open woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Sandy, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: This is a good grass for erosion control in sandy blowout areas. Var. magna occurs on sand dunes of Ont. and the Great Lakes region. This variety is heavily pigmented purple. Var. longifolia occurs throughout the rest of the range. Both varieties are drought-tolerant.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Native plants of dune erosion control in Michigan
May 30, 2008
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- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff