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Calamagrostis canadensis

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Wetland Grasses, Prairie Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, clay

Height: 2'-5'

Bloom Time: June, July

Bloom Color: purple, green

Leaf Color: green, blue-green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: attracts birds, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, fall interest, mat-forming, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, wetland plant

Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint).
  • Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint).
  • Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint).
  • Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint).
  • Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint).

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Description

Calamagrostis canadensis

Also known as:

bluejoint

,

bluejoint reedgrass

,

Canada bluejoint

,

canadian reedgrass

,

meadow pinegrass

,

marsh reedgrass

,

marsh pinegrass

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Calamagrostis canadensis is a clump forming, long lived perennial grass. It produces thin, erect stems that can grow to 5' tall. They have distinctive, prominent joints and a blueish color, which combine to create the common name: bluejoint. The leaves are slender and delicate. The flower heads are tight at first, then open to form drooping plumes as the seeds mature.

Cultivation

Bluejoint is a cold climate grass, adapted to a variety of moist environments including open woods, swamps, marshes, bogs, fresh water margins and wet prairies. It withstands seasonal to regular inundation up to 6". Clumps will spread slowly by rhizomes. It prefers rich, acidic soil in full sun. Calamagrostis canadensis is sod forming and very effective at stabilizing disturbed soil. This is a boreal species that can be found growing well within the Arctic Circle. Extremely hardy: zones 2-6

Propagation

Best propagated from seed. Cant be propagated by clump or rhizome division.

Additional Notes

Once a dominant prairie species, it is a favored grazing grass for large herbivores including bison and elk as well as domesticated cattle. It is also a source for food and shelter for a variety of birds, waterfowl, and small mammals.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Calamagrostis reedgrass
Species Calamagrostis canadensis bluejoint