Calamagrostis nutkaensis

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USDA Hardiness zone: Zn6b 0º to -5ºF

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This one of our NATIVE beach grasses that is found just about everywhere adjacent to the ocean the entire length of the coast. It does duty in Sitka spruce forest as an epiphyte and even a forest floor component. It drapes itself over headlands and is supremely adapted to life in pure sand. This is a rambunctious grass under cultivation. Its best job is erosion control on steep slopes as well as a weed suppressing transition zone to wild areas. Fairly wide, coarse, mid green foliage is evergreen and nearly the same looking year round. In spring, long lasting tan flowers rise up on strongly vertical stems. To 30″ tall- though most often it is laying on its side in a windblown repose. And spreading indefinitely. Spreads by short stolons. Very drought adapted when established. And an important grass for remediation. This grass can be sent to compete with such invasives as Ranunculus and Arum and it will prevail. Not a bad container grass for a very beachy feel. Light deer resistance. Oregon native plant

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