UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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Water Wise Plants

Calamagrostis acutifolia 'Stricta'

Pronunciation
kal-ah-mah-GROSS-tiss ah-kew-tih-FLOOR-ah
Common Name
Feather Reed Grass
Plant Type
Grass
Mature Size
2-3 ft.. tall and wide, flowers to 6 ft.
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
Taupe
Wildlife
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Calamagrostis is a wonderful vertical accent in the garden. We have used two plants to mark an entryway to the garden. They can also be massed to make a low growing screen.

In late winter we have cut these grasses back to several inches above the ground to renew the plants. Other years we have simply raked out the old growth in the spring. Either way, these grasses are extremely low maintenance plants with a big impact in the garden.

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