El Dorado Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'El Dorado' PP #16,486

Showy ornamental grass with narrow white-striped foliage that shimmers in sunlight. Feathery plumes arise in summer, providing wonderful cool-season interest as they age to a golden wheat hue. Use to create a vertical accent in landscape or containers, or plant en masse toward the back of the garden.
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4 - 9

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Water weekly or more often in extreme heat, until established.


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Botanical Pronunciationkal-a-ma-GROS-tis ah-KYOO-tih-flor-ah
Average Size at MaturityReaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, 2 to 2½ ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleMediterranean
Growth HabitColumnar
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Specimen, Hillside, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater weekly or more often in extreme heat, until established.

Grows easily in average soils. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates some drought when established. Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before new shoots appear. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 9

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