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Products > Calamagrostis 'Little Nootka'
Calamagrostis 'Little Nootka' - Little Nootka Reed Grass

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Wheat
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (C. nutkaensis 'The King' x C. foliosa)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Calamagrostis 'Little Nootka' An ornamental evergreen grass that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with mid green foliage and slightly arching inflorescences of light colored flowers. Plant in full sun to light shade with occasional irrigation. Hardiness is not known but both parent species are hardy below 10 F. Both species are also noted as fairly resistant to predation by deer so likely this grass should fair well in this regards and be good in most California gardens where it should provide a nice texture and flowering accent. 'Little Nootka' is a very new grass for us that was a selection made by Josh Williams at Cal Flora Nursery in Fulton, CA. It reportedly is a cross of the Mendocino Reed Grass, Calamagrostis foliosa, with the large selection of the Pacific Reedgrass, Calamagrostis nutkaensis from the King Range that Roger Raiche named 'The King'. The foliage more resembles Calamagrostis nutkaensis but it is shorter in stature with flowers that are a little more arching under their own weight as they open, like Calamagrostis foliosa. Both of these native grasses are attractive species that can perform well in central California coastal gardens, but do a bit better in northern California and Calamagrostis nutkaensis requires regular irrigation to look its best. Early trials of this hybrid indicate has better drought tolerance and so might also perform better than its parents in drier Southern California. We received our trial plants of this cultivar from the "grassman" John Greenlee and are looking forward to having our first crops of this plant out in the nursery sometime in 2021. 

This information about Calamagrostis 'Little Nootka' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.