Calamagrostis Karl Foerster

Calamagrostis    kal-uh-muh-GRAHSS-tiss

Karl Foerster:  Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ is the first ornamental grass to receive the Perennial Plant of the Year Award®, earned for good looks, long-lasting plumes and undemanding growing requirements. Green foliage grows in a neat, 2-foot clump. In early spring, stalks rise up to 6 feet, capped with elongated, wheat-colored seed heads. In addition to intrinsic beauty, Feather Reed Grass exhibits tolerance for heavy clay and compacted soil. Plant Feather Reed Grass in sunny, dry locations.

Full to Part Sun

Height: 4-5’/Spread: 2′

Summer-Fall

Size Available: 1 & 2 Gal

Description

Calamagrostis  kal-uh-muh-GRAHSS-tiss

Calamagrostis is a type of reed grass known for its unique ability to grow vertically to significant heights. Also known as Karl Forester, this ornamental grass is often found in moist areas such as bogs and wetlands. It is renowned for it’s dramatic movement on a windy day, it’s deer resistance, versatility and time in bloom. Karl Foresters are typically used in larger borders, behind small plants like roses and lilies, as hedges or to provide screening. Due to their quick growth rate, many see them as an excellent choice for landscapes needing immediate screens. While these plants can tolerate almost any type of soil, they thrive in moist environments and clay soils.