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Feather reedgrass

Calamagrostis selections

Feather reedgrass

'Karl Foerster' is the best known of the feather reedgrasses and boasts all the key elements of this beautiful, useful ornamental grass. While other ornamental grasses tend to arch outward, feather reedgrass tends to grow straight and upright, giving an architectural element to the landscape, even in winter, as long as you leave it standing.

Feather reedgrass produces tiny flowers in early summer. Seed heads mature to golden tan by midsummer and remain attractive into fall. Cut back in late winter or early spring as soon as new growth is detected at the base.

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
3-5 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-2 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Privacy
Special Features:
Flowers,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' is the most widely available form. It develops a stiff 5-foot-tall column of dark green leaves topped by warm tan seedstalks.
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Calamagrostis brachytricha, which is also known as foxtailgrass for its plumes of seed heads in fall, needs more moisture than feather reedgrass. Cut the seed heads for use in fresh or dried flower arrangements.
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Plant It With

Mounds of pink, purple, or white asters look great in the fall garden surrounding the upright form of feather reedgrass.


Tall sedums, such as 'Autumn Joy', with their rosy blooms that mature brown, create a stunning muted fall color scheme when paired with feather reedgrass.


For a knockout sunny summer combination, plant purple coneflower next to feather reedgrass.