Pacific reed grass. A cool-season grass hailing from the North Coast of California and from as far away as Alaska, this is a moisture-loving species that grows 2-3’ tall with showy flower spikes held 1-2’ above the foliage. These flower spikes unfurl in April and May with a purplish cast and fade with age to an eye-catching flaxen color. Highly adaptable, Pacific reed grass shows tolerance for many conditions including heavy or rocky soils, salt spray, wind and even summer drought. We have used this species in shady areas under coast live oaks and Catalina ironwoods where it has thrived. Provide full sun along the coast or part shade inland. Plants may develop rust during wet summer weather, but will grow out of it the following season. Hardy to 5F. California.