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'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass

Description

  • Compact grass with a striking impact!
  • Feather reed grass creates a fast privacy screen.
  • Easy to grow and thrives in nearly any soil.
  • Long-lasting blooms add a contrast in texture.
  • Zones 5-8, sun, 60" tall x 24" wide at maturity.
Zone 5-8
Light sun
medium

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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Description Versatile and easy to grow, Karl Foerster feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) is one of the showiest, longest blooming ornamental grasses for your garden. The feathery flowers bloom in early summer and remain colorful until the hard frost in fall. Flowers will last in floral arrangements for months. This low maintenance ornamental grass can quickly provide a sense of enclosure and privacy. This particular variety of feather reed grass is called the "metamorphic grass" or "perpetual motion grass." The slightest breeze sets this grass in motion. In his book Designing with Plants, Piet Outdolf refers to Karl Foerster grass as "most upright of the grasses, which bends in the wind, making it almost weatherproof... spire-shaped flowerheads add lift to the garden, severing its bonds with the earth." This grass was introduced to the nursery trade in 1950 by German nurseryman Karl Foerster via Hamburg Botanical Garden. It came to the United States by way of Denmark in 1964. Wolfgang Oehme and Kurt Bluemel were influential in introducing this popular grass to the US market.   Details Botanical name: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Common name: Feather reed grass
Zone: 5 - 8
Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun)
Height x width: 48-60" x 24"
Flower color: Tan
Foliage color: Green
Season of interest: Early summer
Uses: Accent, background, border, container gardening, cottage gardening, foundation planting, hedge, massing, ornamental, privacy & screening
How To Grow Soil: Average to wet soils. It performs well in heavy clay soils, unlike many of the other ornamental grasses.
Light: Sun to part-sun. More sun exposure may increase blooms, but they do appreciate some shade in hot climates.
Water: Soils should be kept moist and not allowed to dry out.
Spacing: 2-3 ft.
Fertilizing: Most ornamental grasses need very little fertilizer. It is best to base any fertilizer applications on the results of a soil test.
Winterizing: No specific care is needed.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before the new shoots appear. Clumps may be divided in spring every 4 to 5 years. If ornamental grasses are not divided, they eventually become thin or die out in the center.  

Customer Reviews

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T.I. (Florida)
Michigan Customer

I had ordered 12 plants
In Foerester Feather Reed Grass which came smaller somewhat smaller than expected …. Planted all and after four months all 12 plants seem to be doing well.
Have some concern about how they will winter… covering with straw? Any suggestions would be appreciated…
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R.G. (Virginia)
Great After-Sale Service!

My original order somehow crossed paths with another customer. Not to worry: the team at Great Garden Plants re-shipped immediately! My plants arrived in excellent shape and after more than a month, are during just fine!

L
L.M. (Kansas)
Karl forester ornamental grass

I want to Thank you for the care and the healthy plants that we received .. they were very well packed and shipped nicely.. we planted them today so excited to see our outcome .. Thank you

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L. (Michigan)
Transplant Shock But Thriving!

Bit of a shock after planting but I watered them everyday for two weeks and now they are thriving. Can't wait till they are big enough to produce the wheat stalks!

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J. (Connecticut)
Happy Grasses

The grasses seem to be settling in well. The one iffy looking plant seems to have settled. They just need to get bigger now. They were beautifully packaged for shipment.