Calamagrostis acutiflora
(feather reed grass)
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Category: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Photo Credits: Steven N. Rodie

Additional Species:

‘Karl Foerster’ is a commonly available hybrid; ‘Overdam,’ ‘Avalanche’ are variegated; C. brachytricha is fall-blooming and not as hardy; C. stricta (slimstem reedgrass) grows 12 to 36 inches; adapted to wet sandy soils

Height: 48 – 72 inches


Spread:  30 inches


Location: Sides, Top of Berm


Comments & Cautions:
upright, long-standing ornamental grass; the straight species is rarely available in the trade; divide every 3 to 4 years


Recommended For:

  • Bioretention and Rain Gardens

This plant prefers that the level of moisture in your soil be: Moist or Average or Dry

This plant prefers Sand or Loam or Clay soil.

This plant DOES have a salt tolerance.


Bloom and Interest Season:

Jan
Feb
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June
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Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Plant Form

cool-season grass; mounds of foliage and vertical flower stems

Foliage

bright green; emerges early spring; light tan through winter; medium texture

Flowers

June; vertical inflorescence to 12 inches on long stems; tight narrow seed heads; sterile seeds; persistent into mid-winter

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