Virtues: We love ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass for its feathery spires that appear in the summer and remain upright all through winter. It provides an excellent vertical accent for borders and narrow spaces.
Common name: ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass
Botanical name: Calamagrostis xacutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
Flowers: Dramatic red-bronze flower spikes appear in early summer to midsummer and growup to 5 feet tall. The seeds are sterile, so there is no self-seeding.
Foliage: Tall and narrow; grows to 36 to 48 inches tall.
Origin: Hybrid of Calamagrostis epigejos and Calamagrostis arundinacea.
Cultivation: Full sun. Can be grown in almost any soil, including clay. Tolerates dry and salty conditions. USDA Zones 5–9.
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