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Calamagrostis canadensis


Calamagrostis canadensis, Canada bluejoint,  is one of our cool season grasses. Canada bluejoint is found growing strong along pond shores and in open wet meadows of New England. It forms slender inflorescence in June which hold well into the fall growing season. - Kind Earth Growers

Native to marshes, wet prairies and open woods
Cool season grass
Provides erosion control
Wetland Indicator Status, Region 1: FACW+

A valuable wetland restoration species that is also useful for stormwater treatment and phytoremediation.

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3-6 Feet


10-16 Inches


16 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

bluejoint Interesting Notes

Native Distribution

Bluejoint is a mid-sized to tall native grass useful for wetland restoration and enhancement as well as shoreline and streambank stabilization. Creeping underground shoots (rhizomes) improve the plant's ability to bind soil, especially along higher gradient streams and waterways. This species provides forage for bison, elk, and deer, as well as food and habitat for small mammals, waterfowl, birds, and bears.

Bluejoint can be found in a wide variety of environments including meadows, open woods, wet thickets or swamps, marshes, bogs, ditches, and the margins of streams and lakes. It can readily colonize disturbed areas especially in colder northern forests following logging or fire. This species thrives in more nutrient rich, saturated soils, peat, or deep, fine textured substrates that are moist all summer. Reportedly, bluejoint only withstands seasonal inundation and temporary spring flooding up to 15 cm deep. However, stands have maintained themselves for several years in permanent standing water at similar depths. This species is adapted to very acid to slightly alkaline soils (pH 3.5 to 8). -- USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center

Calamagrostis canadensis Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in moist to wet conditions in full sun but will tolerate light shade.  Readily self-sows and spreads by rhizomes, often forming large colonies.  Reaches up to 6' tall when flowering in early summer.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Green Infrastructure
Erosion Control
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Grass Type
Cool Season