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Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'

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Walters Gardens

Common Name

Feather Reed Grass


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Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'

About This Plant

Perennial Plant of the Year for 2001. This is a cool season, clumping grass with a compact, erect growth habit. It is especially prized in the north where the magnificent, wheat-like seed heads appear in late spring and last all season long. C. 'Karl Foerster' provides a great backdrop for lower growing, flowering perennials throughout the year. It is also useful for screening purposes and will not reseed. A good choice for heavy clay soils. 'Karl Foerster' prefers sunny, dry conditions. It can be grown in nearly any soil, including heavy clay. Be sure to provide plenty of moisture in extremely hot weather. Cut back to 6 in. in spring before new growth begins. Propagate by division in either spring or fall. 


  • Width: 24 in
  • Height: 60 in
  • Zone: Zone 4
  • Light Conditions: Full Sun

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