Pinegrass

Calamagrostis rubescens

Pinegrass

APPEARANCE

Pinegrass grows 60 to 100 centimetres tall and has long leaves and purplish stems. It is a dense growing grass; the leaf blades grow close together.

RANGE & HABITAT

Pinegrass grows in dry clearings and forests. In B.C., this plant grows in the Southern Interior and Sub-Boreal Interior ecoprovinces.

LIFE CYCLE

Flowers grow in the form of small, greenish clumps. Seeds are spread by animals and birds that eat them, and by wind and animal’s fur.

ANIMAL USES

Pinegrass is eaten by bear, elk and deer. It also provides some cover for small birds and mammals.

TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES

Pinegrass was used when making soap berry (buffalo berry) cakes, and for covering food. It was also woven into socks and insoles for moccasins.

MODERN USES

Pinegrass is not a very tasty grass for grazing domestic animals.

STATUS

COSEWIC: Not at Risk
CDC: Yellow

MORE INFORMATION

www.linnet.geog.ubc.ca

Photo: USFWS Mountain-Prairie