Blooms 2-3 weeks earlier than common feather reed grass and tolerates multiple growing conditions including drought, wet soils, air pollution and when growing around black walnuts. In late winter or early spring, the grass can be cut back to 2-3″ above the crown to make room for new growth. This plant has some cultivated varieties. Use karl foerster feather reed grass as a specimen in a lawn area. All species generally prefers a moist soil and can survive in part shade. The plumes mature to a light tan as the seeds ripen, but tend to disintegrate by early winter. Jennifer Wakefield, Master Gardener Volunteer Revised: 5/25/2010 . FEATHER REED GRASS. Even in winter snows and frost, this grass remains ornamental.” Other species of Calamagrostis also are easy to grow and add texture and interest to a landscape. Maiden Grass. Hardy zones 3 to 7 ( mulch during winter in zones 3 and 4 ). In mid-summer, feathery plumes appear above the leaves. It slowly spreads in clumps of half inch glossy, green leaves. When there is little on view but the skeletons of your garden, ornamental grasses provide structure, texture, and drama to the gardenscape. Other Names: Feather Reed Grass. It is a clumping grass. C. x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ – Variegated Feather Reed Grass has green and white foliage and is a most attractive ornamental grass. Feather reed grass is an ornamental grass that attains a height of 5 to 6 feet. Selective pruning minimizes blank spots in the planting and avoids stunting healthy plants. FEATHER REED GRASS: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'KARL FOERSTER' Member $9.95 Non-Member $12.95. In early spring, culms rise to 5’ bearing panicles of loose feathery mauve tinged flowers. It's upright in shape and blond seedheads create a tidy, attractive appearance through late fall and winter. Also sometimes commonly called foxtail grass, feather reed grass or Korean feather reed grass in reference to the feathery flower/seed plumes. Feather reed grass is a hybrid of non-native grasses. It’s suitable for growing in sun and partial shade, although it has a more upright habit when grown in full sun. Feather reed grass grows best in full sun but also grows well in partial shade. 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year. Extra Information × Related Products. Use Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass to create a breathtaking vertical statement in your flower beds. Seed heads left on the plant in winter add interest to the landscape. Variegated Reed Grass is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. Plant in mass or as a specimen. Above: Calamagrostis stricta. Karl foerster reed grass (calamagrostis x acutiflora 'karl. Feather Reed Grass, ... ” The flowers are first light pink and later turn golden tan. Feather Reed Grass prefers well drained soil but is tolerant of anything from sandy soil to wet clay as well as drought, flood, heat, salt, wind & deer. All common names: Feather reed grass. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' is an extremely popular cool season perennial grass cultivar. The Karl Foerster cultivator begins blooming three weeks earlier in the spring than other feather reed grasses. Since this is a prairie grass, it likes occasional deep summer watering that mimics summer rain showers. Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass are a very attractive ornamental grass that grows very well in Calgary. Noted for its variegated foliage, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche' (Feather Reed Grass) is a compact tufted ornamental grass forming a clump of narrow, elegantly arched, creamy-white striped leaves. The dead stalks are attractive and add interest to your landscape if left over winter time. Pink tinged tinged plumes appear in late summer atop stems that can reach 4 feet high. Advertisement. Popular with garden designers, this tall-growing upright grass brings a strong vertical accent to the perennial garden. $14.99. Several exciting new ornamental grasses have come into our gardens the last few years, but none with the beauty, versatility, and reliability of feather reed grass, also known as Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'.. Rather than a pipe, as would have suited him, he clutched a spindly looking tall feather reed grass in each hand. It makes a great addition to a mixed border. It can form clumps of stems up to 2m high if grown in moist soil. Add to cart. Calamagrostis brachytricha, or Korean Feather Reed Grass, is an ornamental, warm season, grass with an upright, arching habit. Pests/Problems: It has no major insect or disease issues. Feather reed grass has deep green foliage that grows upward out of a clump. Light & Temperature. Apr 24, 2017 - Explore Michelle Zunich's board "Feather reed Grass" on Pinterest. Design Tip Winter interest Companions Agastache, verbena Peak Season Summer flowers Feather Reed Grass: A Field Guide . Its attractive grassy leaves are green in colour with showy silver variegation. They also exhibit good fall and winter color. This particular grass is the first of the ornamental grasses to bloom. In late Winter, only the slumping plants should be cut back, flat, at a height 6 inches above the ground. Here is a list of ornamental grasses that will help you create beautiful winter scenes and let you enjoy the winter season in a beautiful new way. In summer, the grass blades are deep green and form a clump up to 2 feet wide. See more ideas about grass, feather reed grass, ornamental grasses. Slender, upright, deep-green, lustrous foliage becomes effective by early spring and lasts all the way until winter. Great Ornamental Grasses for your Winter Garden. It is hopelessly confused with C. acutiflora 'Stricta'. Flowering from early summer, enjoy the season as the flowers age from beige to bronze in late autumn. The feathery flowers fade to cream in fall and finish in a straw color in winter. Ornamental grasses accent a garden any time of year, but they might just be at their most imposing in the doldrums of winter. Calamagrostis brachytricha is a clump-forming grass with bright green leaves reaching about 2 feet. With more than 250 species (and many more cultivars), feather reed grass (Calamagrostis) is a versatile ornamental perennial plant to add texture and graceful height to a garden. Go to list of cultivars. Quickly growing, they make impressive clumps within only 2 or 3 years. The medium green leaves of this plant are lanceolate in shape and may reach a length of 5 to 7 feet. Family (English): Grass. Birds may use Overdam Feather Reed Grass as a nesting and cover source. In fact, it appreciates part shade in very hot weather. Photograph by Matt Lavin via Fickr. It can also be used as a seasonal visual block or planted en masse. Feather Reed Grass needs pruning back to the base in winter and it performs best in good quality soils and some summer rainfall. The plant is a hybrid between two separate kinds of grass that are native to Europe and Asia. The feathery, reddish-brown stalks turn a lovely golden shade in the fall. I watched as he loaded them into his cart two by two until he had at least 2 dozen grasses spilling out from every side of his buggy. In late summer blooms emerge with a pink tint and reach 3 to 4 feet. It thrives in full sun to partial shade but needs a somewhat breezy location to discourage mildew fungus that occasionally may occur. And best of all – without any of the downfalls! ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, Zones 5–9) is a very beautiful and tall warm-weather grass. Credit the mathematical-looking scientific name of feather reed grass to its origin. A graceful addition to the shade or part shade garden! Ornamental Features. 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