Karl Foerster feather reed grass

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Photo/Illustration: 
Santa Rosa Gardens
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Karl Foerster feather reed grass (Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster')
Genus:  Calamagrostis

This versatile ornamental grass has slender, upright, deep-green foliage. A cool season grass, it is upright and clump forming, with purplish-green, feathery plumes that can reach 6 feet in height. It blooms in early summer rather than fall and must have winter chill to bloom.



Information provided by Santa Rosa Gardens.

Care:  Annual maintenance consists of cutting the old growth down in early spring before new growth starts. Reed grass grows out from the center, and after a few years, you may discover a hole-in-the-doughnut effect. When this happens, dig the plant up and divide it. Preferred time for dividing is in spring.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple
Uses
Hedge,
Screening
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Grasses

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