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Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass

Ornamental Grasses

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Feather Reed Grass

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-purple 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.

Feather Reed Grass 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 Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Wet
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Winter
Attributes
Naturalizing
Edging
Rock Garden
Focal Point
Specimen
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Foliage Color
Green
Gold
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Tickseed Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora 'Presto')
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