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Karl Forster Feather Reed Grass

Calamagrostis acutiflora

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Karl Forster Feather Reed Grass, tall grass with green base and brown ends

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Feather Reed Grass is a visually-appealing hybrid grass that adds noticeable texture and height to any type of landscaping. As its name implies, this species is best known for its long, feathery stalks which transform from reddish-brown hues in the early spring to golden tones in late fall.

Plant Attributes

The organic beauty of Feather Reed Grass is hard to miss. With its deep green leaves and colorful flower stalks, this perennial grass gives any outdoor landscape a charming, rustic feel throughout the year. In the spring and summer months, this ornamental grass is in full bloom with 12-inch flower heads sitting atop horizontal green stalks. In the fall, its flowers turn into grain-like sterile seed heads that give it a very autumnal look. The best part of choosing Feather Reed Grass is that it’s a very tolerant plant that is resistant to drought, deer, pests, and diseases.

Landscape Use

This distinguishing and versatile grass lends itself well to many uses. Position Feather Reed Grass around a backyard pond or pool to create a welcoming outdoor living space, use it as a natural privacy screen between houses, or plant clusters of it on a steep hill so it can gently sway in the breeze. Reaching a maximum of three feet in width and five feet in height, Feather Reed Grass demands attention because it offers plenty of horizontal and vertical dimension.

Planting & Care

Feather Reed Grass is an easy-to-care-for plant that does very well in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. While it thrives in fertile soils that are moist but well-drained, it can also be grown in clay. It’s a cool season grass which means that it can handle big temperature swings throughout the year without suffering any heat or frost damage.

Maintenance Notes

Grow in any moist, fertile and well-drained soil. Tolerates clay, is low maintenance and drought tolerant once established.

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Karl Forster Feather Reed Grass


Feather Reed Grass is such a well-loved and popular plant that it won the prestigious 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year award. With its pastoral charm and low-maintenance features, it’s no wonder so many professional landscapers recommend this hybrid species to their clients. From backyards to offices, shopping centers and government buildings, Feather Reed Grass provides visual interest that is sure to get noticed.

So, if you’re looking to purchase Feather Reed Grass for your next landscaping project, our team at Arbor Valley Nursery is happy to help. Simply fill out the contact form, and we will be in touch with you shortly.

Plant Features

  • A clumping, cool season ornamental grass
  • Feathery flower spikes in reddish-brown and golden hues
  • Hybrid between two grasses native to Europe and Asia
  • Drought tolerant
  • Deer
  • Pests
  • Diseases
Plant Needs
  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring/ Summer
  • Hardiness Zones: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Water Category: Average
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Fertile soil
  • Soil pH Category: Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
  • Dried flowers
  • Landscape

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