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Foerster's Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

Pronunciation: kal-a-ma-GROS-tis ah-KYOO-tih-flor-ah
SKU #01401
4-9

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OVERVIEW
Description Create a stunning vertical effect with feathery stalks that emerge reddish brown in spring and turn a rich golden color in fall. Blooms two to three weeks earlier than common feather reed grass. Thrives in wet soils, yet tolerates drier conditions. Stalks make great cut flowers. Sterile seeds do not produce unwanted seedlings.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Late spring to summer, persists through fall.
Mature Size Foliage reaches 2 ft. tall and wide; bloom stalks reach 6 ft. tall.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Clumping
STYLE
Landscape Use Border
Design Ideas This 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.
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Spirea (Spiraea); Potentilla (Potentilla); Shrub Rose (Rosa); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Aster (Aster)
CARE
Care Thrives in rich, moist soils, but highly adaptable. Best foliage and plumes in full sun; benefits from part shade in hottest summer climates. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; tolerates dry spells when established. Cut to the ground in late winter just before new shoots appear.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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