Calamagrostis foliosa
Photo by Stephanie Falzone

Mendocino reed grass

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • CVCentral Valley
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions



1-2 ft tall and wide, blooms in spring/summer with wheat colored flowers that are attractive into fall. A cool-season grass with arching blue-green foliage that often has purple highlights.

Tolerates near seashore salt spray and is resistant to predation by herbivores. Great as a small specimen or mass planting or scattered in a natural meadow. Short lived and may need to be renovated every 3-7 years.

Can be kept more attractive by dragging a hard rake through clumps to remove old thatch or by dividing and replanting new plants in later winter or early spring. Don't chop back as it does not respond well to this treatment.

Native to Del Norte, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties where it grows on headlands and sea bluffs in coastal scrub and inland in coastal conifer forests from sea level to about 4,000 ft.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted