Calamagrostis nutkaensis
Photo by Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds

Pacific reedgrass

This plant grows well in the following regions:

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



A large perennial bunchgrass that grows up to 5 ft. tall with striking flower stalks. Native to coastal regions of Monterey County to Alaska. Tolerates sun on the coast, part shade inland. Blooms in June and July. A good background or accent plant for the woodland or meadow. Deer resistant.

'The King' is a selection by Roger Raiche from the King Range on the North Coast.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun
  • Partial sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted