Calamagrostis stricta - Northern Reed Grass, Narrow-Leaved Reedgrass

Much like Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' in overall look - perhaps slightly shorter, but there is a big difference in that Calamagrostis stricta is a spreader and can fan out quickly in moist soil.

Description: cool season; moderate spreader
Foliage - green; medium blade width; 60-120 cm (24-48") tall
Flowers - May-June; 90-150 cm (36-60")

Ideal conditions: full sun; thrives in wet soil

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Suggested uses: rain gardens

Season of interest: summer and fall

When to plant: early to late spring and early fall

When to cut down: in early spring, just before the new growth starts

Recommended spacing between plants: 60-90 cm (24-36") why such a difference?

Drought tolerance rating: 4 (water to root depth when soil starts to dry); further info

Pronunciation: Calamagrostis (kal-ah-mah-GROS-tis) stricta (STRIK-tah)

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Calamagrostis stricta - Northern reed grass
Calamagrostis stricta - Northern Reed Grass

from the USDA website: states and provinces where Calamagrostis stricta is native