Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
feather reed grass
Karl Foerster feather reed grass is valued for its early bloom time and its erect, architectural form, slightly tighter than other forms of feather reed grass. The 2 foot tall foliage adds structure without being overbearing. In June flower stalks rise from 5 to 6 feet tall with narrow plumes of feathery, pinkish-bronze inflorescences that change to a golden color as they mature in summer and persist well into winter. It is slow spreading and will not seed around the garden.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: blue, chartreuse
Great Color Partners: red, purple, orange
Culture NotesFeather reed grass grows best in full sun with well-drained or sandy soil. It will tolerate clay if it is not waterlogged in winter. Once established only occasional watering is needed during dry weather. Keep fertilizing to a minimum to prevent flopping seed heads. Cut this grass to the ground in late winter when seed heads look unattractive and before new growth starts.
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Plant Type: grass
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Flower Color: brown
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering