Calamagrostis x acutifolia 'Karl Foerster'

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Grass
Growth Rate - Fast
Mature Height - Leaves 3-4' with flower spikes reaching 5-6.5'
Mature Width - 3-4'
Longevity - Long lived

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Upright flower spikes emerge early. Green with bronze tones, the blossoms/seeds change color through the season.
Fruit - Sterile seeds remain on the plant until winter snow brings them down.
Leaf - Foliage is green; medium blade width; 36-48" tall
Fall Color - A hard frost may turn foliage orange yellow in mild climates but almost always some green remains. Flower spikes dry to a golden colour bleaching to buff.
Bark -
Other Features - Constantly confused with C. acutiflora 'Stricta'. Used as a specimen it makes a stunning vertical accent, in groups it creates a horizontal band of golden flowers that bend and sway in the wind.
Possible Use - a border, as a hedge or screen, as a backdrop for perennials
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Plant in full sun; moist to wet fertile soil; tolerates a wide range of soil types including dry sandy soil; thrives in clay soil. Zone 3-9. Propagate by division in fall or spring. Cut back to ground in early spring before new growth starts.
Native Habitat - Eurasia Zones 5-9
Diseases and Insects - No known pest or problems.
Strength - Often used in naturalized areas, its ultimate size is directly related to the amount of moisture. Even though Calamagrostis can grow in fresh-water bogs, it also does well in drier areas.
Weakness -

Plants of this taxon:
Bed 172

Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Grass.
- Other plants of the family Poaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Calamagrostis.
- Other plants of the species Calamagrostis x acutifolia.