Foerster's Feather Reed Grass
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||kal-a-ma-GROS-tis ah-KYOO-tih-flor-ah|
|Average Size at Maturity||Foliage reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall and wide; bloom stalks reach 6 ft. tall.|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to summer, persisting through fall.|
|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.|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Erosion Control, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Clump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Waterwise, Fast Growing|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Key Feature||Stunning Vertical Effect|
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