Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

 

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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.

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Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Easy to grow
Good for Cut Flowers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Winter Interest
Good for Dried Flowers
Low Maintenance
Pest / Disease Resistant
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 late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
SKU HBLOKXX
Award: Perennial Plant of the Year

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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.
Associated SKUs
HBLOKXX
HBLOK31 (Plant - 3.25" deep pot)
27550 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLOK09 (Flat of 9 Plants)
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, Attract Birds, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Winter Interest, Good for Dried Flowers, Low Maintenance, Pest / Disease Resistant, Adds Texture
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensCalamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
 
4.1

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Hardy (4)

Cons

  • Small in size (3)

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
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    • Avid gardener (6)
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    • Personal (5)

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5.0

First grass

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from New Cuyama, CA

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster:

    This is my first try with grasses. It will probably take a full year to evaluate my opinion of how it looks in my garden, but it's definitely summer-hardy.

     
    5.0

    I would shop here again!

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    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster:

      Second time we have ordered this plant. Always does well!

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      2.0

      I would not buy this product again.

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      from Boston ma

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive

      Cons

      • Small In Size

      Best Uses

      • Pool Area

      Comments about High Country Gardens Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster:

      Too small for the price and one of the 10 plants didn't survive the winter.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Sorry, I didn't have luck here in NC

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      from NC

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        • Small In Size

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster:

          No luck and couldn't get it going......

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                  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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