Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
CALAMAGROSTIS x acutiflora
Feather Reed Grass
This classic ornamental grass offers a desirable upright habit and has sterile blooms so no need to worry about weediness. It is a cross between Calamagrostis arundinacea and C. epigejos.
Feather reed grass is a hardy perennial with bright green narrow blades forming a neat upright clump. In summer, upright panicles of silvery-purple flowers are held well above the plant, giving it an airy appearance. The flowers and foliage turn a golden wheat color in the fall and maintain their attractiveness through winter.
Like most grasses, feather reed grass requires full sun. It tolerates almost any soil, even moist soils. Plants should be sheared to the ground in late winter. This is an outstanding grass for massing. It looks super when planted with other sun-loving ornamentals—particularly showy flowering perennials like coneflower, black-eyed Susan and sedums. Its grassy flowers also hold up well in fresh and dried arrangements.
9 - 5
5 - 9
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Summer, Late Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Wet Site, Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction
Summer, Fall, Winter
Purple, Bronze, Silver
Dried Flower / Everlasting, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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