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Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass
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Grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Grass, Feather Reed

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' or Feather Reed Grass has a strict upright habit with golden wheat-like plumes that appear in spring until fall. At first, they are feathery and pinkish in color, then as the weather gets warmer, they become very narrow, gradually turning a wheaten color that lasts through the fall. The stems grow upright and stand up well through summer and into winter. 'Karl Foerster' does not become invasive because the seeds are sterile.

One of the attractive features of this grass is that it moves gracefully with the breeze and its narrow growth habit makes 'Karl Foerster' a perfect tall grass for tight spaces. Fast-growing for use as an informal hedge or screen.

Additional:

Perennial Plant of the Year for 2001.

Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant of Merit

Grass, Feather Reed Growing and Maintenance Tips:

'Karl Foerster' is a cool season grass so cut back in early spring to about 8-10" before new (green) growth has begun. Thrives in clay soil.

Height:

36-60 Inches

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Spread:

18-30 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

4 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Winter
Growth Habit
Fast Growing
Height
> 36 Inches
Attributes
Rock Garden
Focal Point
Specimen
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Naturalizing
Edging
Foliage Color
Gold
Green
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