Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental, Variegated Feather Reed Grass
Zone 4 to 8, Full sun
Plants reach 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Perennial Plant of the Year for 2001.
This is a cool season, clumping with a compact, erect growth habit. It is especially prized in the north where the magnificent, wheat-like seed heads appear in late spring and last all season long.
C. 'Karl Foerster' provides a great backdrop for lower growing, flowering perennials throughout the year. It is also useful for screening purposes and will not reseed. A good choice for heavy clay soils. Feathery plumes appear in late spring and last all season long.
Prefers sunny, dry conditions and can be grown in nearly any soil, including heavy clay. Be sure to provide plenty of moisture in extremely hot weather. Cut back to 6 inches in spring before new growth begins. Propagate by division in either spring or fall.
Attributes: Border plants, Cut flower or foliage, Dried flower or seed heads, Mass Planting, Salt Tolerant, Specimen or focal point plant, Deer resistant. Perfect to use as a screen in the garden.
Mature field grown plant shipped bare root.