Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster')

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Plant Habit:Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences:Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness:Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone:Zone 9b
Plant Height:36 to 72 inches (91-183 cm)
Plant Spread:18 to 30 inches (46-76 cm)
Leaves:Unusual foliage color
Flowers:Showy
Flower Color:Other: Purple-pink
Flower Time:Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations:Xeriscapic
Uses:Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant:Birds
Resistances:Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds:Other info: Seeds are sterile.
Propagation: Other methods:Division
Awards and Recognitions:Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

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Date: 2012-10-21
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-10-29
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2015-08-28
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, YorkshireDate: 2016-10-03
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Location: ILDate: 2014-06-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-03-26
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Posted by Bonehead on Dec 12, 2015 1:15 PM

Very nice focal grass, tall and graceful, great wind action. It is also quite forgiving - the early grass stalks look very similar to my common clumping orchard grass and I diligently pulled them all out one spring. By the time I got to my final clump, I realized my mistake and left that one alone. Mid-summer, I really couldn't tell any difference between the clumps I had massacred and the one I left alone. I have not yet tried to divide this, but plan to this spring when it breaks dormancy.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2012 11:55 AM

The Perennial Plant Association's pick of the year for 2001, 'Karl Foerster', is a very upright clump forming grass that is easy to grow in full sun and average soil. Growing 4 to 5 feet tall, it is a cool season grass so it greens up in early spring and by mid-summer has whitish flower heads that mature to warm gold later on. 'Karl Foerster' will bend and sway in wind and rain but will always become upright again.

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