Calamagrostis x acutiflora | Karl Foerster
You see Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster in every English garden magazine and I 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 is 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
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 tends to grow. The flower plumes that appear in summer have a pinky purple tinge to them on narrow upright stems that stand proud above the foliage. As the flower plumes mature they become quite narrow in their shape 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.
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 1m -1.2m x 60cm wide
Perennial | Hardy | Winter dormant
Plant Size: PB2 - Equivalent 1.2 litres
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