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.
Zones5 - 8
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Pest / Disease Resistant
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Dried Flowers
Winter Interest
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Mature Height48-60" tall
Mature Spread24" wide
Bloom TimeFeathery plumes emerge in early summer and ripen to handsome wheat-colored seed heads by fall.
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SKUHC016104

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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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.

Flat of 9 plants will cover 18 square feet when planted together

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Associated SKUsHC016104
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
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Pest / Disease Resistant, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Winter Interest, Adds Texture
Awards
Perennial Plant of the Year
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Tray
Ships To Canada
No
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