Grass, Feather Reed Karl Forester



Description: 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year. Rather drought tolerant 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.

Common Name: Karl Forester Feather Reed Grass

Scientific Name: Calamogrostis acutiflora 'Karl Forester'

Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass

Exposure: Full Sun

Size: 4- 5' Tall, 2' Wide

Flower Color: In June, they are loose, feathery & pinkish in color. Through the summer they gradually turn a wheaten color that lasts through the Fall.

Foliage Color: Little Fall color, eventually turning Tan in the Winter

Landscape Use: Useful to place behind Perennials with a spreading or rounded shape

Soil: Moist, Well-drained, Can thrive in clay and sandy soils.

Zone: 4 - 7

Growth Rate: Moderate

Companion Plants: Artemisia, Powis Castle or Russian Sage, Coreopsis, Coneflower

Maintenance: Cut back to 2" in late Winter or early Spring

*Attracts Birds


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