In the realms of grasses, the majority of cultivated Calamagrostis a strongly upright vertical, unlike most others. Suitable for the dry garden or in a border to contrast against the more rounded outlines. Flower spikes tend to me equally narrow, but en-masse still provide a good effect. C.brachytricha has a more bottlebrush-like flower heads, which looks stunning in a sunlight beam. Although deciduous, many will hold their shape over winter, still providing structure and habitat for insects and small animals.