Calamagrostis foliosa

Leafy Reedgrass

Plant Type: Grass
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 2' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Leafy reed grass is one of the many examples of a narrowly endemic California native that thrives in many settings throughout the state. It grows naturally in coastal settings from Mendocino County to the Oregon border. Leafy reed grass grows in a low clump of medium-green blades topped with arching flower stems. The seed heads mature to a straw yellow and look great all year. Unlike many other native grasses, leafy reed grass does not sprawl, spread prolifically or require a dormant period. Various growing conditions are acceptable, although some protection from the afternoon sun may be advisable in hot inland locations. As for any grass, an occasional coppicing will refresh the plant’s appearance.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: No
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen