Puriri Lane | Calamagrostis x acutiflora |  Karl Foerster

Calamagrostis x acutiflora | Karl Foerster

Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00

You see  Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster in every English garden magazine and we just love it!  Commonly known as feather reed grass it is one of the most popular of the feather reed grasses.  It is not overly fussy and seems to do well in our clay soil.  It does, however, prefer soils that do not dry out and  whilst it is perfect for the garden border, it is also a perfect choice for beside a stream or pond, and we apply a layer of mulch to ensure that moisture is kept in.  It is fast-growing.

In Paul Bangay's book Guide To Plants, he says this ornamental grass, which he has planted in his own garden, is "a stand-out plant that makes a huge statement when planted en masse...it is the first to flower and the last to finish". Karl Foerster is widely used in landscape plantings in both Europe and the USA. This striking plant creates a cloud of hazy mauve plumes on 1.8m tall stems which are produced during early summer and slowly age to a biscuity beige and then to golden tan colour as it autumn moves into winter.  As the flower plumes mature they become quite narrow in their shape.   Although the foliage clumps are semi- evergreen we actually cut them to the ground in mid winter to tidy them up. The foliage reaches approximately 90cm x 90cm, with the flowers stems standing proud of the clump at around 1.5m.

This attractive green grass will bloom in light shade and actually appreciates some shade particularly if you have a hot summer climate, but the more shade it gets the floppier it may become. The flower plumes that appear in summer have a pinky purple tinge to them on narrow upright stems that stand proud above the foliage. and change to a tan colour giving the autumn garden a very attractive look.  

Excellent as a backdrop plant and planted in amongst colourful perennials and other ornamental grasses. Flower plumes look great in a vase!

Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before you see the new green spring shoots appearing. Can be divided in spring or autumn.

Height to 90cm x 90cm with flower plumes rising to 1.5m

Perennial | Hardy | Maybe  semi evergreen in cooler climates

Plant Size: PB2 - Equivalent 1.2 litres

If you are ordering plants you can get up to 12 plants or a selection of plants, gifts and garden-wares into a box for the below rates 
      • Auckland City | $10
      • Upper North Island | $20 (Northland)
      • Middle North Island | $20 (Bay of Plenty & Waikato)
      • Lower North Island | $20
      • South Island | $25
      • Waiheke - Please select Rural Delivery at checkout
      • Outer lying islands, please contact us for a quote.
Smaller items such as books, stationery and other items can be sent for a lesser rate which you will see at checkout - From $6

Upon checking out, the freight charged is applied based on your location.  If you are rural please select the rural option as rural delivery is an additional $7 Please note the courier will not release your order for delivery if the incorrect option has been selected and we will email you re settlement of the outstanding amount.  

  • All of our orders are dispatched using Aramex which is a fully tracked service   
  • Our freight is calculated by weight and volume.  For plant orders, you may wish to order the maximum number of plants that will fit in a box to make freight more cost-effective or perhaps share an order with a friend
  • Plant orders will only be dispatched on Monday's and Tuesday's this will ensure that your order is not held in a depot over the weekend
  • All parcels are set at "Authority to leave" which means if you're not home at the time of delivery the courier will leave your parcel in a safe place on your property
  • Most Aramex deliveries are a two-day service with the exception of rural delivery which may add up to two days. Please note COVID-19 on occasion may push these delivery times out.
  • If you are wanting more than twelve plants, get in contact with us for a quote for freight
  • Corten steel garden stakes are considered over size for rural delivery so these can be sent but you may need to collect these from your local depot 

All rates detailed are for parcels up to 15kgs

Please note that on occasion Aramex may deem an area to be rural where other companies may not, this unfortunately is outside of our control as Aramex are the preferred courier for live plants, as other couriers will not transport them. Where this occurs we will need to get in touch to get you to deposit the additional rural fee


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