Genus: Reed grass

Calamagrostis

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Reed grass (Calamagrostis)
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Poaceae
The genus Calamagrostis is made up of tufted, rhizomatous, perennial grasses found in moist woodlands and meadows. These plants have linear, flat leaves with ornamental displays of dense flowerheads.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Sturdy grasses with dense branching panicles of flowerheads.
Care:  Grow in moist soil in sun to part shade. Tolerates all but the poorest soil. Cut down old foliage in spring to renew plant.
Propagation: 

Divide in mid-spring.

Problems: 

Ergot, powdery mildew, tar spot, smut, and foot rot can occur.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Calamagrostis

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Karl Foerster feather reed grass
Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'
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Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass
Calamagrostis  × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'