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Calamagrostis Karl Foerster
Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

large rooted plug

Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Mature Size: 3 - 4' tall, 18 - 24" wide
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade
Blooms: Early Summer to Mid - Summer
Flower Color: Pinkish Purple

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Description Cultural Notes Plant Care
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' (Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass). 2001 PPA Perennial Plant of the Year! Versatile, attractive and care-free ornamental grass with wheat-like appearance. Slender, upright, deep-green, lustrous foliage becomes effective by early spring and lasts all the way until winter. A cool season grass, it is upright and clump forming, with purplish-green, feathery plumes to 6'. It distinctively blooms in early summer rather than fall and must have winter chill to bloom. In hotter climates, the heat of the summer will cause feather reed grass to enter what is called a summer dormancy. The plant is no longer producing foliage (leaves) at this time. It is merely resting through the heat and will resume new foliage growth in the fall when cooler temperatures are present. It is very important to keep the soil moist during the hot summer months. Irrigation is a necessity. Prefers a moist to wet fertile soil. Will tolerate a wide range of soils, including clay-based soils. Long lived...25 years or more. Full sun to light shade. Considered drought tolerant and deer resistant once established. Attracts birds to the garden. Leave foliage and flowers for winter effect, cut back in early spring near ground. Does not reseed. This is an excellent choice of grass for creating a hedge, backdrop or screen effect. Sold as a giant rooted plug (different than our other plants), this will
take almost 3 years to reach mature size, but well worth the wait!
Special Characteristics:
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Perennial Plant of the Year