Canada Bluejoint Grass (Calamagrostis canadensis)

Other Names: Blue-joint Grass

Plant Family: Grass, Poaceae

Wetland Indicator Status: OBL

Bluejoint Grass Habitat

Most of the sedges are Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta) and the grasses are Bluejoint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis).

Canada Bluejoint Grass (Calamagrostis canadensis) is a common to abundant species in sedge meadows, wet meadows, and low prairie.  It sometimes seems to be very evenly dispersed in sedge meadows as if someone deliberately planted it that way.  This grass ranges from 2 to 5 feet high.  From a distance it looks something like Reed Canary grass, but does not form tall dense stands, and unlike reed canary grass it stands up in winter, giving it better cover for wildlife such as ring-necked pheasants and rabbits.

Bluejoint Grass Habitat

Most of the sedges are Tussock Sedge (Carex strict) and the grasses are Bluejoint grass (Calamagrostis canadensis).