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Calamagrostis epigejos - 'Hortortum' (Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis)

Type Grass, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer late), Straw yellow Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Calamagrostis epigejos Description

Feather reed is grown largely for its late summer and autumn impact, when lush green foliage sinesces to produce outstanding golden foliage which fine plumes of golden white flowers. This plant is grown for its vertical impact, with dense annual foliage providing an impressive winter screen of compact golden foliage and flower. Plant alongside other grasses of within a mixed border.


Calamagrostis epigejos - Cultivation Notes

Calamagrostis prefers a spot in full sun but will put up with part shade. This upright ornamental grass will tolerate most soils just as long as they are well drained - even poor sandy or chalky soils. Mulch every few years and be prepared to cut back invasive roots and cut back last years growth in winter to wncourage lush new foliage.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Calamagrostis epigejos:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Calamagrostis epigejos

  • Invasive/spreading root growth
  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Calamagrostis epigejos:

  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot

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Common Missspellings: Calemagrostis, Calomagrostis

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