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Feather reed grass Karl Foerster creates a dramatic garden accent, an early bloomer with changing hues through the season making it one of the all time favorites. (Calamagrostis acutiflora)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Hedge / Screen
Hedge / Screen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 60-72" tall (5-6 feet), 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season
Size Plant - 3.5" pot
SKU 7ORN
This is one of the most famous and popular Ornamental Grasses worldwide, and no wonder. It is one of the clump-forming decorative grasses, with an upward architectural growth habit. That means it makes a dramatic specimen plant in garden or meadow.

Rising up to about six feet, Feather Reed Grass is famous for waving in the wind, adding motion to the landscape, even with the slightest breeze. The tall elegant feathery blooms, which take on a subtle purplish/pink color when they're new in late spring, mature into tall slender plumes of a warm buff color. These torch-plumes are widely used in dried flower arrangements.

On top of all this, Feather Reed Grass is super winter hardy, and requires almost no care. Its also used very effectively in large containers on patios and terraces.

SKU 7ORN
Common Name Feather Reedgrass
Botanical Name Calamagrostis acutiflora
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 60-72" tall (5-6 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Winter Interest, Hedge / Screen
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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American MeadowsFeather Reed Grass Karl Foerster
 
4.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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5.0

Alive and looking great!

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from Casper WY

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • GREAT price
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster:

I was concerned about the smallness so I called. The lady was super helpful and friendly! She assured me they would grow to their full size in 3 years. They have grown a great deal since I got the 3 grasses. They are doing beautifully. The instructions were easy to follow. I guess the final test will be how well they make it thru the winter. I am very happy with my purchase and plan to buy from American Meadows again. Thanks so much.

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5.0

Perky Ornamental!

By 

from Franklin, MA

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster:

      Used this grass as a way to add height to the back of a bed but didn't want much horizontal spread. The grass stands proud and tall all summer long but hasn't gotten very broad-footed, which met my needs exactly.

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      • Personal
       
      4.0

      + score for Feather Reed Grass

      By 

      from Londonderry, NH

      About Me Good Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Reliable Growth
      • Steady Growth First Yr

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster:

          Used along roadside, moderate to fair soil fertility. Fits in easily with established aborvitae and other evergreen.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Less than expected

          By 

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Pros

            Cons

            • Slow Growth

            Best Uses

            • Border Control

            Comments about American Meadows Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster:

            For the price I received less mature plant than expected.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This worked perfect as a privacy hedge.

            By 

            from Myrtle Beach, SC

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Border Control

              Comments about American Meadows Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster:

              I love the year around colorful blooms it produces. The rewards are so wonderful with such little care. Not a fussy grass plant at all to care for.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              well-rooted plants in pots

              By 

              from washington, ct

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

              • Small In Size

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors

              Comments about American Meadows Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster:

              Lovely in group plantings for natural look. Lyrical movement in breeze.
              Grows rapidly so plan for that in perennial garden.
              Takes full seasonal cycle in NE US to produce "flowers".

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              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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