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/Lavender Flower
Uses
Hedge,
Screening
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Grasses

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