Avalanche Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche'

Create stunning vertical effects with this cold hardy variegated grass that offers changes in every season. New shoots are reddish-brown in spring fading to white centers with green margin. Purplish-green flowers rise in June to mature through summer. In fall entire plant turns golden. Stalks make attractive cut flowers. A natural for the wild garden. Spot into existing beds and borders for unique textural effects. Fast-growing, arching foliage to 36 in. to 48 in. tall, flower stalks to 6 ft.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationkal-a-ma-GROS-tis ah-KYOO-tih-flor-ah
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide; plumes to 6 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitNarrow
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureShowy Foliage and Plumes

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.

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