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Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass planted in a landscape, long green grass with longer green shoots containing golden brown seeds
Karl FoersteKarl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass product shot on white, long green grass with longer green shoots that have golden brown seeds on top
Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass planted in a landscape, long green grass with longer green shoots containing golden brown seeds
Karl FoersteKarl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass product shot on white, long green grass with longer green shoots that have golden brown seeds on top

ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAVORITE GRASSES 

FEATURES:

  • Bold and upright green growth habit 
  • Strikingly formal accent plant 
  • Works perfectly in cut flower arrangements
  • 2001 Perennial Plant of the year  
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Mature Height: 4' tall
  • Mature Width: 2' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 1.5-2' apart

Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass

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Calamagrostis × acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

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ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAVORITE GRASSES 

FEATURES:

  • Bold and upright green growth habit 
  • Strikingly formal accent plant 
  • Works perfectly in cut flower arrangements
  • 2001 Perennial Plant of the year  
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Mature Height: 4' tall
  • Mature Width: 2' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 1.5-2' apart

Why plant Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass?

Ten-HUT! Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass stands at attention. This popular Fringe starts growing early in the season and sends up soft, fluffy plumes in late spring or early summer. Within a few weeks, however, the plumes tighten up, becoming rigid and arrow-straight. The buff-colored spikes persist throughout summer and fall and last well into winter, imparting a crisp, clean, formal look to your landscape. Great as a single specimen and even better en masse, Karl Foerster will bring a sleek and sophisticated vertical accent to the landscape beds around your home.

Feather Reed Grass is a naturally occurring hybrid Fringe native to Europe. It was correctly identified as a hybrid in the early 1900s by—you guessed it—Karl Foerster, a legendary German nurseryman. Foerster is remembered for defying the Nazis in WWII by hiring Jewish friends at his nursery. He also refused Nazi orders to grow only “pure,” native German plants—he simply grew the best plants he could find, no matter where they were from. This lovely Fringe is the most popular plant that bears his name. It can now be found in gardens around the world.

How to use Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass in the landscape?

Landscape architects have embraced Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass in recent years because of its classy, polished look, its adaptability, and its ease of culture. You’ll find it used in broad, sweeping drifts on commercial sites. You’ll want to use it for all the same reasons in your own garden!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-7

How To Plant Karl Foerster's Feather Reed Grass

Growing Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass couldn’t be simpler. This fast-growing Fringe likes a spot in full sun, but it will tolerate part shade. Give it regular water in any type of soil. Clay soil is fine as long as it has decent drainage. Karl Foerster can withstand temperatures down to -30ºF, and the plant will pop back up time and again after rain and snow flatten it down.

How To Water

Water as soon as they arrive! Grasses need to be watered regularly to maintain evenly moist soil for proper establishment in the landscape.

How To Fertilize

Feather Reed Grass prefers light fertilization. We recommend using our Elements Starter Plant Food to give your grasses that little extra boost.

How To Prune

Pruning Feather Reed Grass is quite the operation. When new spring growth makes its entrance, you'll want to remove all of last year old growth. This helps boost the growth of the new foliage.


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