Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

The world's most popular ornamental grass, 'Karl Foerster' has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the plant through the fall and winter months. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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$12.99
per plant - 5" deep pot
Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Bloom Time Feathery plumes emerge in early summer and ripen to handsome wheat-colored seed heads by fall.
Shipping Shipping begins in mid September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Shipping for fall-planted bulbs will continue until they sell out or through December 31, 2016. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 27550

Details

2001 Perennial Plant of the Year 48-60" tall x 24" wide (division propagated). Rather drought tolerant (but not quite xeric) and tolerating a wide range of garden soils. Feather Reed Grass has a wonderful upright growth habit, making it very useful to place behind perennials with a spreading or rounded shape. The feathery plumes emerge in early summer and ripen to handsome wheat-colored seed heads by fall. Cut back to 3” late spring. Scratch out old, dead canes from the center of the clump. Combine with Artemisia 'Powis Castle' or Russian Sage. Plant in groups of three or five for best effect.
SKU 27550
Common Name Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass
Botanical Name Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 48-60" tall
Mature Spread 24" wide
Bloom Time Feathery plumes emerge in early summer and ripen to handsome wheat-colored seed heads by fall.
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Adds Texture
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant & Bulb Shipping Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Shipping begins Sept. 19. Amaryllis Bulbs will begin shipping mid-October 2016 and will continue until we sell out or through December 31, 2016.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods: All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, when possible, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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4.8

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  • Healthy (3)

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5.0

excellent so far

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from upstate NY

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Lawn
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster:

    These are very hardy and good looking. Easy to plant. No problems with any pests. We ordered 14 and none have died. We look forward to seeing how they develop and change over the Fall and Winter months. Highly recommended.

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    4.0

    These are alive and growing

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    from Boise, Idaho

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster:

      I'm waiting on these to take off. They're thin, but they're growing tall.

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      5.0

      Love every plants I've ever purchased

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      from OKC., OK

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster:

        I purchase almost all my plants from High Country even though I live in OKC. All of them make my garden so special. My most recent purchase is just now growing for the spring season and I can't wait to see how it looks with all my others plants.

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        5.0

        Love this grass!

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        from Ruidoso, NM

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Looks Just Like The Pictu
        • Striking Specimen Grass
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Perfect Specimen Grass
          • Very Striking

          Comments about High Country Gardens Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster:

          Karl Foerster makes my xeriscaped front yard look like I know what I'm doing in landscaping. It looks like the pictures in the catalog; performs as described; adds interest and height to my collection of grasses and wildflowers.

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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