Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

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Common Name:
Feather Reed Grass
Plant Type:
Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Sun to Part Sun
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Garden Height:
48-60 Inches
Garden Spread:
18-24 Inches
  • Narrow & upright, not floppy
  • Tolerant of most soils
  • Looks nice in groups or as a single accent plant

This is the most popular and best feather reed grass and for good reason. So good the Perennial Plant Association named this the 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year. Calamagrostis is a cool-season grass that is quick to emerge in the spring and one of the first ornamental grasses to bloom. The wheat-like plumes appear in late spring or early summer and persist well into the winter. The narrow upright habit makes this grass ideal for those narrow beds or borders.

Uses: Borders, Mass Plantings, Specimen
Notable Features: Blooms Early Summer-Fall, Soil Moisture: Average - Moist
Growth Habit: Upright Growth

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc

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