Common Name: Korean Feather Reed Grass, Ornamental Grass,
reed grass, foxtail grass.
Zones 4 to 9.
Full Sun to Part Shade.
Plants reach 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide;
Slow spreading, clump-forming, warm season ornamental grass.
- This warm season grass produces showy inflorescences from late summer through early fall
- Shade tolerant, a rare trait for a large flowering grass. Also grows in full sun.
- Forms an upright arching clump of ½' wide, glossy green leaves
Calamagrostis brachytrichaforms an upright arching clump of one-half inch wide, glossy green leaves. Late in the season, fluffy bottlebrush plumes are produced within and just above the foliage. Purplish red when first open, plumes mature to greenish tan; foliage turns yellowish beige in fall. Opposite of its European counterparts, this Asian native is a warm season that blooms from late summer through early fall.
Perhaps best of all, this is shade tolerant, a rare trait for a large flowering grass. This species occurs naturally in moist, deciduous woodlands and therefore is adapted to grow and bloom in partial shade. It also grows very well in full sun where the habit will be tighter and the flowering will be more profuse.
Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils; it also does well in heavy clay soils, unlike many of the other ornamental grasses. Soils should be kept moist and not allowed to dry out. Blooms in light shade, and appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before the new shoots appear. This plant will self-sow in moist, shady areas to a minor extent but it is easily managed. Divide clumps or move seedlings in spring to propagate.
Cut a few for dried bouquets as they remain open and feathery even when dried.
Thirty (30) plants per flat (or tray). Approximate Plug Measurements: 3 inches deep x 2 inches wide.