Description & Overview

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is a beautiful and versatile cool-season, clump forming grass. Its lustrous deep green foliage is strictly upright. Showy feathery plumes on erect vertical stems are followed by striking, wheat-colored seed heads that remain attractive into winter. A stunning vertical accent in any garden.

Core Characteristics

Category: Grasses

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 3

Mature Height: 3-5 feet

Mature Spread: 2 feet

Growth Rate: Perennial

Growth Form: Upright, clumping grass

Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Site Requirements: Adaptable to many sites

Flower: Pinkish-Wheat feathery plume

Bloom Period: June-July

Foliage: Deep Green

Fall Color: Wheat

Urban Approved: Yes

Fruit Notes: Wheat colored seed head, sterile

Suggested Uses

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass works well as a vertical accent where spreading is not desired. Use it as a border or median planting in sunny, dry sites. It tolerates the heavy clay soils of Southeast Wisconsin and performs well in most less-than-ideal sites.

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is a beautiful and versatile cool-season, clump forming grass. Its lustrous deep green foliage is strictly upright. S…
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is a beautiful and versatile cool-season, clump forming grass. Its lustrous deep green foliage is strictly upright. S…

Wildlife Value

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass may be used as a nesting and cover source for bird species.

Maintenance Tips

As it does not self-seed, you may leave it up over winter for a vertical accent. In late winter or early spring, cut back the clump to 2-3 inches above the crown to give room for new growth.

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is a beautiful and versatile cool-season, clump forming grass. Its lustrous deep green foliage is strictly upright. S…

Pests/Problems

There are no major disease or insect problems. In particularly wet periods, rusts can become an issue but this typically dissipates as moisture levels drop.

Leaf Lore

Calamagrostis x acutiflora is a hybrid between the Eurasian species Calamagrostis epigejos and Calamagrostis arundinacea. Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is named after the German nurseryman who discovered and introduced the variety in Europe. In 1964, Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass was introduced to the United States and quickly became popular for its tidy habit and durability. Because of its toughness and low maintenance, Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass can often be seen planted along parking lots, in medians, or around commercial buildings.

Companion Plants

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass looks best when given adequate spacing, so be careful not to pack too many plants around it. When properly spaced, consider using Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan or Hairy Wild Petunia to give added color.

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass is a beautiful and versatile cool-season, clump forming grass. Its lustrous deep green foliage is strictly upright. S…
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