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

Calamagrostis x acutiflora - 'Karl Foerster' (Feather Reed Grass)
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Type Grass, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Golden Flowers (Autumn), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Calamagrostis x acutiflora Description

Calamagrostis is grown for its autumn impact, when its dense upright green foliage sinesces to produce golden straw like foliage along with fine plumes of golden white flowers. This plant is grown for its vertical impact, with dense annual foliage providing an impressive winter screen. Plant alongside other grasses of within a mixed border.


Calamagrostis x acutiflora - Cultivation Notes

Feather Reed requires a sheltered position in full sun, but will put up with part shade. This fast growing ornamental grass will tolerate most soils just as long as they are well drained - even poor sandy or chalky soils. Mulch every 2 - 3 years and be prepared to cut back invasive roots. Cut back last years growth in winter to encourage lush new foliage.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Calamagrostis x acutiflora:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Calamagrostis x acutiflora

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Calamagrostis x acutiflora:

  • Autumn flowering ornamental grass for late seasonal interest
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot
If you like this plant you may also be interested in these:
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Common Missspellings: Calimagrostis, Callamagrostis, Callimagrostis

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