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pinegrass

Calamagrostis rubescens

Water:
Light:
Habit:
Height:
Bloom color:
Bloom time:
low - med
full sun - part shade
upright
12 - 36"
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summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Pinegrass is at home in rocky dry open forest
Pinegrass is at home in rocky dry open forest

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Delicate flower heads
Delicate flower heads

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Pinegrass is at home in rocky dry open forest
Pinegrass is at home in rocky dry open forest

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Pinegrass is unique among our bunchgrasses in that it prefers dry partial shade over sunny sites. Beneath a pine canopy is an ideal spot (as the name might suggest). Compact clumps of thick green blades provide a nice contrast to flowering perennials like heartleaf arnica, aspen daisy, alumroot, slender cinquefoil, and menzies campion. Plants that get a little extra sun will develop their own delicate tawny flower heads.