Feather reed grass

Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Feather reed grass - Calamagrostis × acutiflora  'Karl Foerster'

Common Name: Feather reed grass
Genus: Calamagrostis
Species: ◊ acutiflora
Cultivar: 'Karl Foerster'

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Brown, Green
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A stiff erect habit is the defining feature of this grass named after the famous German plantsman who introduced it to the public in the 1950s. Plant it en masse to form a feathery screen or in small groups to add height and definition to a perennial border. It also looks good planted next to buildings. This is one of the earliest perennial grasses to get going, with shoots appearing in early spring followed by flowers that are green first then fade to buff.

    • Garden care: Very low maintenance, it simply needs to be cut down to the ground in February. Donít be tempted to chop it earlier as its wheat-coloured stems add drama and strong winter presence to the garden.


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