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Calamagrostis Karl Foerster

Feather Reed Grass
$18.95 $15.16 ea.
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2001 PPA Plant of the Year
Strong vertical appearance. Among the earliest flowering of the grasses, mannerly and attractive all year. Deep green blades with extra fluffy sandy fronds show off deep purple accents in June. As the seeds mature the flower stalks turn golden and take on the appearance of shafts of wheat. Calamagrostis Karl Foerster is sterile and will not self-sow.

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Plant Type Perennials, Grasses

Species x acutiflora

Height Tall 3' (5-6' in flower)

Spacing Plant 30" apart

Bloom Time Mid-Summer to Late Fall

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny

Zones 4-9

Soil Type Normal, Clay

Water Needs Low

Sold In Plantable Pots

Special Features

  • Deer Resistant
  • Long-Blooming
  • Winter Interest

Planting Sites

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Good for Hedge
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • OK in Containers
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Calamagrostis General Information

Calamagrostis are prized for the bold vertical accent that they lend to the border. Among the earliest flowering grasses, they are very mannerly and stay attractive all winter. Thrives in clay and wet soils. Ornamental Grasses and Sedges are restricted from Idaho and Oregon. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Calamagrostis Plant Care

Cut back in early spring to approximately 6-12" before new growth appears. Divide in spring or fall. Attractive seedheads add winter interest and provide food for the birds.