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Calamagrostis Caspian- Hiding in Plain Sight

Calamagrostis Caspian- Hiding in Plain Sight

Posted by Emerald Coast Growers on May 17th 2023

That’s Calamagrostis arundinacea var. brachytricha Caspian, if you want to get technical. By any name, it’s among the most underappreciated grasses we grow.Caspian is a full figured, fat flowering phenomenon. Unlike other feather reed grasses, this one’s a warm season, fall blooming form that flourishes in heat and has great salt tolerance too.The rest of the genus has pretty flowers, but these top ‘em all. Its generously sized plumes start pale pink and mature to a bright clean white. Caspian g
Chasmanthium latifolium “Northern sea oats”

Chasmanthium latifolium “Northern sea oats”

Posted by John Friel on May 20th 2021

This interesting native grass has seed heads that look like oats, rising from foliage that’s reminiscent of bamboo. It tolerates much more shade than most ornamental grasses, and can even handle the infamously inhospitable shade of black walnut trees.The pendulous seed heads emerge green, turning purple/bronze in summer. They’re dazzling in late-afternoon sunlight, and they make a fabulous filler for dried flower arrangements. Height 3 – 4’. Hardy in Zones 5 - 9 The Game of the NameThe vernacul

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