Chee Reedgrass

Chee Reedgrass Plant Information

Chee Reedgrass grows in the following 10 states:

Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota

Calamagrostis epigejos, common names wood small-reed or bushgrass, is a species of grass in the Poaceae family which is native to Eurasia and Africa. It is found from average moisture locales to salt marsh and wet habitats.

The foliage is a medium green and is perennial with lengthy rhizomes. The culms are erect and are 60-200 centimetres (24-79in) long while the leaf-blades are 70 centimetres (28in) long and 3-14 millimetres (0.12-0.55in) (in some cases even 20 millimetres or 0.8 inches) wide. Its ligule is 4-12 millimetres (0.16-0.47in) long and is acute and lacerate. The species also have an erect panicle which is 15-30 centimetres (5.9-11.8in) long and is also oblong and almost lanceolate. The spikelets are 4.5-7 millimetres (0.18-0.28in) long while the rhachilla is prolonged. The glumes are scaberulous and lanceolate while the lemma is only a half of its length. Its awns are 1-2.5 millimetres (0.04-0.10in) and are located closer to the lemmas middle.
The large inflorescence is a rich brown colour. The flowers form dense and narrow spikes 25-35 centimetres (10-14in) long.
Calamagrostis epigejos has a broad distribution in temperate Eurasia, from France and Great Britain to Japan. A distinct variety is found in southern and eastern Africa.
Calamagrostis epigejos is cultivated as an ornamental grass for gardens.

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