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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Feather Reed Grass

Reddish-bronze flower spikes bloom in early summer, later maturing to a nice straw color.  One of the first grasses to bloom and one of the best medium-sized ornamental grasses. 

  • »  Cool season, clumping grass
  • »  Wheat-like seed heads appear in late spring and last all season long
  • »  Clump-forming and strictly upright.


  • Category:Perennials
  • Hardiness Zone:5-11
  • Height:48-72 Inches
  • Spread:24-36 Inches
  • Spacing:24-36 Inches

Flower Color
Red
Foliage Color
Green
Best Usage
Container
Specimen
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Wet
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Exposure
Sun
Part Sun
Additional Information about Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Reddish-bronze flower spikes bloom in early summer, later maturing to a nice straw color.  One of the first grasses to bloom and one of the best medium-sized ornamental grasses.  Serves as an excellent backdrop for low growing plants and will provide movement in the garden with the slightest breeze.   

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

C. 'Karl Foerster' prefers sunny, dry conditions. It can be grown in nearly any soil, including heavy clay. Be sure to provide plenty of moisture in extremely hot weather. Cut back to 6 in. in spring before new growth begins. Propagate by division in either spring or fall.