Bushgrass or reedgrass, as it is sometimes called, is a garden-worthy
Eurasian native. Yes, it is can be invasive in sandy loam soils, but
in heavier clay or by growing it on the dry side, it is easy to control.
Most of the merit for Calamagrostis acutiflora epigejos goes
to its wildly attractive flowers. These rich brown coloured inflorescence
are dense, narrow spikes 25-35 cm (10-15") long. They are fuller
than those of C. 'Karl Foerster' and are very good for dried arrangements.
More drought tolerant than other varieties of Calamagrostis though
Bushgrass loves water, even brackish water. This is why it is suitable
for salt marsh soil reclamation or for other seaside landscapes. Perfectly
happy in fresh water also, many will want to feature this grass in a
wide range of waterscapes.
Very cold hardy.
Description: cool season; slow spreader in heavy soil,
more rapid in sand
Foliage - medium green; medium blade-width; 75-100 cm (30-40")
Flowers - June through July; dense and large at 100-125 cm (40-50")
Ideal conditions: thrives in moist, light shade,
but will adapt to a wide range of conditions; can grow in heavy clay
Coldest zone: 3 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: June to October
When to plant: early to late spring and early fall
When to cut down: in early spring, just before the
new growth starts
Recommended spacing between plants: 45-100 cm (18-40")
why such a difference?
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to
root depth every week); further
Pronunciation: Calamagrostis (kal-ah-mah-GROS-tis)
Compare Calamagrostis epigejos to our other grasses
in this handy chart.