• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall and wide; bloom stalks reach 6 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Stunning Vertical Effect
    Blooms:
    Late spring to summer, persisting through fall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kal-a-ma-GROS-tis ah-KYOO-tih-flor-ah
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Foliage reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall and wide; bloom stalks reach 6 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring to summer, persisting through fall.
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic
    Design IdeasThis low growing ornamental grass is colorful and ever changing. With feathery flower spikes that emerge reddish-brown in spring and turn golden to buff in fall, it adds a lovely accent to naturalist, craftsman, or prarie gardens. Use as a vertical among low-growing plants or have a pair planted in distressed metal pots or bronzed urns for a minimalist look. Perfect near water gardens or terraced patios where the breeze causes the grass to sway gracefully.
    Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Potentilla (Potentilla); Shrub Rose (Rosa); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Aster (Aster)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in rich, consistently moist soils, but highly adaptable; tolerates some drought when established. Best foliage and plumes in full sun, but benefits from part shade in hottest summer climates. Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before new shoots appear. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Pruning time: late winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Believed to be a natural hybrid of European and Asian natives Calamagrostis epigejos and C. arundinacea, this plant was discovered in the Hamburg Botanical Garden by noted German nurseryman, Karl Foerster, who listed it in has 1939 nursery catalog. It was noted in his 1950 garden book, The Use of Grasses and Ferns in the Garden. It was cultivated througout Europe until in 1964 when it was brought from Denmark into the U.S. Awarded 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year.

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